Flu patients flood hospitals
Canadian Press – November 24, 2022 / 2:09 PM | | Story: 398157
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BC Health Minister Adrian Dix pauses while answering questions at a press conference in Vancouver on Monday, November 7, 2022.
The British Columbia government plans to cancel hospital surgeries to make room for patients with respiratory illnesses, but has yet to reach that stage.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said postponing non-urgent surgeries is one way to make room in hospitals for patients, especially children, who are battling flu and other respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. It says there is
He said the state is battling a difficult season of illness and necessary steps will be taken to provide space for emergency respiratory cases.
Vancouver’s BC Children’s Hospital said it was triaging less serious patients from its emergency department due to a surge in cases of respiratory illness.
The opposition Liberal Party, which is calling for Dix to step down as minister, has said parents have been waiting for more than 10 hours in emergency departments for help for their sick children.
Dicks said the state is battling a “tough season” and delaying surgeries will free up more hospital space.