Over a year has passed since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began. In that narrow window of time, the disease has claimed more than 10,000 lives, stalled economic growth, and hampered -- if not reversed -- gains the region had made in strengthening public health infrastructure and service delivery.
After the congressman told me I do not understand "the process," I had to tell him the obvious: "Excuses about process are not very compelling. Either you break through and get your bill on the floor or you don't." He once again shook his head at me, his eyes squinting as if at any moment he would punch me in the mouth.
When will professions and trade associations step forward and say they want to find solutions (with zero deaths as their goal) when patient safety is at risk as a result of medical conditions, including physical illnesses and mental and substance use disorders that have yet to be effectively treated or are in remission?