THE RECENT death of a long-time Kamloops doctor in the emergency department waiting room at Royal Inland Hospital has prompted much discussion.
Doctor Rajinder Joneja passed away after an initial assessment, but while waiting to get into the ER proper. An investigation has found that all the protocols were followed and that no one was to blame for the doctor’s death. And that’s good news. Doesn’t make the situation any better for the doctor’s family, nor for the staff who had to deal with the situation.
But perhaps the real question shouldn’t be whether the protocols were followed, but whether or not they were the right protocols. The way things are in the ER right now, you could die before the triage nurse even gets a chance to see you, let alone determine how quickly you should receive treatment.