Nunatsiaq News
LETTERS: Nunavut December 17, 2012 - 1:58 pm

Mr. Tylenol: Nunavut’s magic cure?


I was born and raised in Nunavut, and have lived and worked in various communities in Nunavut and in the Northwest Territories and have also been a patient in one or more community health centres.

Over the years I have noticed the decline in the quality of health care and the way patients were and are treated by medical staff.

Sometimes, this has led to misdiagnosis of the symptoms and-or prescriptions, thereby causing prolonged illnesses to be untreated for lengths of time leading to more serious illnesses and sometimes even death. 

We wonder if this is due to incompetence of the medical staff, or the care is not there, or burn out?  Regardless, lives should not be at stake.

It seems to me that health care workers have become apathetic or have become de-sensitized to people’s health and how to care for them, not only in Nunavut but also in the NWT and other parts of Canada.

In comes Mr. Tylenol – The magic cure. Over and over again, we know of patients who have gone in for check-ups for their symptoms, only to be told to take a Tylenol and come back when the symptoms persist or get worse.

Sometimes, it is too late for that next appointment. As we know, medications like Tylenol might even aggravate the person’s illness because the illness has not been diagnosed properly.

How many lives have to be altered forever or even lost because of this before something or someone changes?

This is not to take away from those hard-working health care givers who give exceptional care to their patients and their families, but it seems they are few and far between these days.

We should be grateful to them for their professional attitude in their field of choice and their handling of their patients in a caring matter.

People, please ask for a change.  This might save a family member or a friend.

(Name withheld by request)

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