The strains on BC's health care system are well known, but the treatment of a man in Kelowna seems to be taking things to a rather sad state.
In a scene that could have come from Michael Moore's latest epic Sicko, the health system has let down a Kelowna man in a rather spectacular fashion.
The CBC website tells the incredible tale of a patient being placed into the shower facilities of the Kelowna Hospital due to a lack of beds, for four days a room which features a tub and two stalls has been the hospital room for Travis Lowe, that is of course when the bath or showers weren't required by other patients.
Lowe was transported to Kelowna General Hospital with a serious back injury, but the hospital is apparently so over crowded that patients have been jammed into any open space available, closets, hallways and apparently showers.
It's a rather sad testimony to the state of the system in BC and should perhaps give the BC government some ideas as to where to use that rather large surplus they reported last week.
As for Mr. Lowe, he has had enough of dripping walls, slippery floors and rather pathetic excuses, he's planning on seeking his release from hospital so as to at least return home and take his chances there.
Moore's movie praised Canada's system to a degree, and to a degree it's valid praise, considering the far too many American citizens who receive no health care due to the cost.
But this is certainly not the image we might wish to project to the world, of a nation that has it's citizens' best interests at heart. Moving a patient in and out of the shower room for four days doesn't seem like the kind of comprehensive care that you would want to build your hospital's reputation on.