After hearing about yesterday's notice of no ambulance availability for the CBRM, Rebecca Strickland Anthony - a former Cape Breton paramedic with 20 years experience in our healthcare sector - is speaking out. She shared a video on her Facebook page appealing to others to take action.
Anthony says that our current healthcare system is in crisis, and compels people who have experienced an "adverse event" in what she describe as "broken system" to report it.
She suggests documenting the experience, creating a "paper trail", and notifying the individual's local MLA and current Health Minister, Randy Delorey (email@example.com).
In the video, she emphasizes that EMTs, doctors and healthcare staff are overwhelmed, and believes the unavailability of ambulances is due to them waiting at the "back doors of emergency departments" needling to offload patients into departments with "nowhere to put them".
Anthony's appeal is for people to begin voicing their concerns, even if they have not yet needed care from our system. She cautions that at "some point", it will inevitably affect everyone.