Opinion

Conversation goes two ways

Hopefully government can look past the organizers of Monday night’s forum on health care and listen to the stories that were told. Organized by the British Columbia Government Employment and Services Union and the Prince George and District Labour Council, it wasn’t hard to determine what the focus of the forum would be. Political rhetoric aside, the forum provided some valuable insight into what is really happening in our health care system. Politicians, bureaucrats, and spin doctors (pun intended) can, and do, tell us all kinds of things about the health care system.

The real story, though, lies in the individual stories from ordinary people and their experiences with the health care system. The stories Monday were intensely personal, poignant, and gut-wrenching. They told what is really happening in our health care system.

Premier Gordon Campbell’s Conversation on Health is now touring the province and will be in Prince George next month. Hopefully the ‘conversation’ will listen to the personal experiences of ordinary people in the health care system. Hopefully the ‘conversation’ will be a conversation, not another touring panel listening intently for what they want to hear in order to push an agenda.

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