Another example of a long wait for surgery and this time, it’s affecting the quality of life for a five-year-old boy.
The child has been waiting eight months to surgically get tubes inserted into his ears.
He’s had trouble hearing since last year.
New Westminster NDP MLA Judy Darcy says the boy starts school in September and there’s no guarantee the surgery will be done before then.
“He’s having tremendous difficulty hearing, the doctors say when his parents talk to him in a normal voice he hears them in a whisper that means he’s going to have a lot of trouble hearing what the teacher says when he starts school in kindergarten.”
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Darcy says the boy’s condition will put him at a huge disadvantage compared to his peers, and she can’t understand why he needs to wait so long.
“It is unacceptable that he has to wait eight months or even a year for a simple procedure for tubes that will enable him to hear.”
Darcy says the surgery is to be done at Surrey Memorial but the family’s been told there’s not enough operating room time.
In a statement, the Ministry of Health acknowledges “waiting for surgery and watching your child struggle must be very frustrating and difficult.”
It says families concerned about care can always go to their health authority’s Patient Care Quality Office, and can speak to their doctor if they think their treatment hasn’t been properly prioritized.
It adds that doctors manage their surgeons manage their own wait lists, some of which are longer than others. It says if the wait is too long, patients can always speak to their doctor about finding a surgeon with a shorter list.