NDP Leader questions autism backlog, ER overcrowding
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) had questions today in the House of Assembly about the wait list for children whose parents are trying to determine if their children have autism. A human rights decision means children may not be forced to wait more than 30 days for treatment after diagnosis, but in this province some still wait three years before a diagnosis is made.
“Government has decided to add one developmental paediatrician to address the unacceptably long wait list for children awaiting diagnosis of autism,” Michael said in the House of Assembly today.
“When will this paediatrician be hired? How is one extra paediatrician going to address a backlog of 400 children awaiting diagnoses?
“What is government’s plan for elimination of the wait list for diagnosis?”
Michael also addressed the reports she is hearing from both constituents and journalists about the increasingly long periods that people, particularly senior citizens, are left languishing in emergency rooms.
“We regularly hear of people going through hell in the emergency rooms of this province. Vulnerable people in urgent need find neglect and suffering because of an overworked staff and an inadequate system,” she said.
“I ask the Minister of Health, what is this government going to do to fix the ER crisis in this province?
We are told of people waiting up to three weeks in emergency rooms before being transferred to a more appropriate facility. I ask the minister, why does she allow this treatment of people to continue?”