Dr. David Rhine, an emergency physician at Kelowna General Hospital, has spoken out about a frightening scenario that played out in the hospital's ER.
He said his first patient on his overnight shift Dec. 16, 2012, was
a 102-year-old lady who waited
"She had waited in pain following a tumble in her home. She'd injured her back and ultimately we discovered she had a compression fracture of her lumbar spine," he said in an interview recorded shortly after his shift wrapped up.
"She waited 10 hours to get any kind of medication or assessment.
I felt terrible about that."
Rhine said the delays are frustrating for everyone and cause unnecessary pain and suffering. He said people are dying because of the delays in care.
"We know there is an increased mortality rate because of these long delays," he said.
The video is one of 10 posted to the new site bcemergencycare.com, which is dedicated to shedding light on the troubles in B.C.'s hospitals.
Watch the video here: