Taking a break…


Every so often my attention drifts from the ongoing saga of New Brunswick’s EMR monopoly to contemplate broader issues.  So it was today, as I sat enjoying a lunchtime coffee in the surgeon’s lounge of the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital.   One of the retired surgeons told me of his recent humanitarian visit to the embattled and battered Republic of Haiti.  A different world, to be sure.

He asked me if I had seen the blog by my friend Colm McGrath.  I had to admit that I had not.  Though I was aware that Colm had provided anaesthetic and general practice services to patients there, I had not known he had been writing about it.

“He’s a very good writer,” I was told. “And he took some amazing photographs.”

Truer words were never spoken.

Don’t take it from me.  Have a look for yourself:  Haiti 2014

We owe a debt of gratitude to the dedicated and caring health care professionals and others who went out of their way to help those who have so little, and whose need is so great.  I am personally humbled by their actions and awed by their deeds.   They make me proud to be Canadian.

Once you read Colm’s blog, you will see what I mean.


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