Friday’s letters: ER wait times much longer than official estimates

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It would be more accurate if the reporters would interview the people in the ER and not quote the politicians. They say more than three hours but what they don’t say is it is inhumanely more than that. I had the unfortunate occasion to witness firsthand how long the wait times are — 16 hours I waited with a minimum time of 12 hours for 98 per cent of the waiting room.

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I began conversations with a few other patients and it was the general consensus that most were there on the advice of their doctors. Others had arrived by ambulance but they too waited, 10 hours for one gentleman.

The saddest part is that the ambulances and their staff have to wait until the patient is admitted, tying up their services for hours. Throwing more money into this dysfunctional pit is not going to fix the problem until there is a more sustainable operations plan in place. Surely between the doctors and AHS this could be achieved and put to use sooner rather than later as it is glaringly obvious to everyone who had the unfortunate experience of going to an ER within the last year where the “access block” is. I don’t know how much more AHS expects the public to endure.

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Deborah Huber, Edmonton

Paths for People has a loud voice at city hall

So the city council has given the green light for a pilot project to close 102 Avenue in the downtown core. That is great, all the best. However, the read between the lines is that it comes from a big push and support from a very ambiguous organization within city influence and decision making.

That is the organization of Paths for People whose funding comes from many but has also included the City of Edmonton, yes, taxpayers. This conflict seems so much a terrible breach of ethics, it has given me much thought on how the city council actually runs.

I am fine with it; if however as taxpayers we stop paying the large city planners’ salaries and staff and projects and just give the loud voice to Paths for People to continue their bulldozing ways, maybe we can save the taxpayers a lot of money since the majority of taxpayers don’ don’t have a voice anyway. It seems like paying twice for the same expired liter of milk.

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Grant Hammond, Edmonton

Reduced mosquito control will bite after rain

Now that Edmonton has had some rain the full impact of the city’s new no-spray policy for mosquitoes will become apparent. God help us. Thank you Coun. Janz.

Mitch Lavoie, Edmonton

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