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Winnipeg Regional Health Authority CEO Arlene Wilgosh.

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What's troubling is not the un-met ER traffic-flow times Arlene Wilgosh describes (WRHA flatlines on ER targets, Jan. 16).

What's troubling is she will stop at nothing to try and achieve these goals, even if it means people have to die on the street within an hour of leaving the hospital.

What's troubling is her lack of accountability. In the wake of the tragic ER discharge deaths, we have heard a lot from cab drivers. We are still waiting to hear from the medical director and the CEO of the Grace Hospital.

Wilgosh talks about how to improve cab service for patients. She's the head of the WRHA, not the Manitoba Taxicab Board. Why is she trying to regulate another industry while turning a blind eye to her own?

She jokes about having a job next year. Well, Ms. Wilgosh, I can say this: With your track record and job performance, you should not remain in your present job for much longer, and that's no joke.

ARIEL LEE

Winnipeg

 

Apparently the NDP are determined to not allow the perception of hallway medicine to creep back into the public consciousness, even going so far as to mandate care of patients by taxicab drivers (Skeptical of WRHA reviews, Jan. 15).

The only thing that would have occurred differently had cab drivers assisted now-deceased patients back into their homes is they would have died on their living-room floors.

It would seem to the NDP that "out of sight is out of mind."

TERRY HALLIGAN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 17, 2014 A8

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