Tracey - posted on 01/05/2012 ( 28 moms have responded )
I went to the pharmacy today to pick up my son's medication. They didn't have any, neither did any other local chemists and it could take 2 - 3 weeks before they get any more.
Why have they run out? Because the pharmaceutical company shut for Christmas. If we ignore the fact that the company failed to prepare - it's not like Christmas is a one off, it's the same time every year, then my son's well-being has been affected by a religious holiday, and before you ask no the doctor will not give me 2 months prescription in November to last until January.
Someone has put religious beliefs before people's health. Luckily my son's condition is not life threatening but many other drugs are also in limited supply.
Where health is at stake should there be a legal obligation to force doctors, hospitals, drug companies etc to provide the service necessary for patients' needs regardless of religion?
If Dr/Hospital A cannot or will not provide a service should they only be allowed to refuse if that service is available at Dr/Hospital B and the time delay in accessing that service will not affect a patient's health, if that service is not available elsewhere should they be forced to provide it?