EasternHell.com is a place for people to share what is happening to them within Newfoundland and Labrador’s health care system. While much good work is being done in health care, the failures continue to occur and patients continue to suffer. Often working long hours with less than adequate resources and unreasonable workloads, health care workers also suffer.
This site aims to raise awareness about the true state of our health care system in order to activate forward motion that makes a positive difference. Building an archive of stories can become a meaningful component in a movement for real change – a movement that demands comprehensive care and respect for dignity from all health care providers; that insists on respectful interaction, assurance of confidentiality and a high standard of conduct from all health care professionals; that provides a well-resourced, secure work environment for health care professionals; a movement that includes advocacy for those who have not been heard, recourse for those who have been wronged and independent mechanisms that assure accountability.
EasternHell.com asks the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the overseers at Eastern/Western/Central/Labrador Health for a response to the myriad of crisis’ in Newfoundland and Labrador health care including:
* Immediate Action on under-staffing and lack of resources in Emergency Rooms and for Mental Health Support Services in the province and;
* The implementation of policies and new strategies that ensure comprehensive care and dignity for patients in every corner of Eastern Health – with immediate attention given to Senior’s Care, and to resources and supports for Juveniles and for Persons with Disabilities.
“People suffering from or affected with illness, when in need of a hospital, are vulnerable and require and deserve the most attentive care at all stages of a hospital visit. Anything but access to the most kind and knowledgeable caregivers is unconscionable. People’s lives depend their treatment, as well as a hospital in aseptic state – free of pathogenic microorganisms to cause further problems“. Deborah Alana, artist
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A Message from EasternHell.com’s Creator
It has taken me a long time to prepare and launch this site. When your health or the health or life of a loved one is at risk in a hospital setting you are left feeling helpless, vulnerable and afraid. It is often very difficult to talk about these experiences because they are so painful. Once the crisis passes, the last thing you want to do is dwell on what happened. So I know that asking for these stories is asking a great deal.
I was driven to take action when my partner’s life-threatening infection was disregarded over and over again by Eastern Health staff in both the St. Clares and Health Sciences emergency rooms. At this same time my family was practically begging Eastern Health for help for our elderly parents who were both in need of professional care. Despite the fact that our family called everybody under the sun, home care support (or any kind of support) for my parents was non-existent. The past two years of trying to work with the system to get help for my loved ones can only be described as an epic journey to the seventh circle of hell. Every day I encounter news items and other people with their own horror stories. It is time for me to speak up and I know that there are many other people out there who have also been harmed by the procedures and policies of Eastern Health (Just have a look at the News Watch Page!).
If you have a story to tell please consider speaking out – if not here then in the papers, on the radio, your own social media sites and blogs. If we allow our health care system to remain on its same course of cutbacks and facility-centred service we are doomed to endure no end of preventable tragedies. The sharing of such personal stories can be challenging and complicated – so I understand if people are not ready (it has taken me awhile to get here) – but I want anyone who has suffered because of poor medical care or lack of access to basic health care resources to know that I support you, I care about what happened to you, other people care and you are not alone.
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