British Columbia hospitals are planning to halt surgeries to make room for patients with respiratory illnesses, Health Minister Adrian Dix said, as parents moved sick children to the emergency room. said they were worried about waiting too long for
But Dix said the state had not yet reached the stage of abolishing the business as it faced opposition demands to resign.
Rachel Thexton, who waited hours for medical care after each of her three children fell ill, said: “All my life I’ve been raving about our healthcare system, but now it’s slowly collapsing. I see it happening, and it scares me and worries me.” over the past two weeks.
“Never in my life have I seen this level of clarity and unavailable resources for children and adults alike to get medical care when they need it in an emergency.
Burnaby’s mothers are overwhelmed with care for each of their children, including being turned away from overwhelmed family doctors and emergency centers, and enduring long waits in emergency rooms in Vancouver and Burnaby. said he faced obstacles in
According to Thexton, her children were eventually seen by doctors, who diagnosed one with pneumonia and two with severe sinusitis and ear infections.
She said she was lucky to have a family doctor, but she was often unable to get an appointment and was unable to get urgent care.
“ER is not my first choice. It’s my last resort,” said Thexton.
“I don’t want to bring my kids or myself out there to overwhelm the system unless absolutely necessary.”
The state is battling a difficult season of illness and steps will be taken to provide space for emergency respiratory cases, Dix said.
He 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. rice field.
“There are other steps I don’t want to take, but delaying non-urgent surgeries and then catching up soon after,” Dicks told reporters in Congress.
“That step is available to us. We haven’t done it yet. We knew this was going to be a difficult season, but it’s a fact.
Vancouver’s BC Children’s Hospital says triage of less severe patients A surge in people with respiratory illness has moved them from the emergency department to nearby areas.
Christy Hay, the hospital’s executive director of clinical operations, said the department is seeing an increase in cases of mainly viral illnesses, including COVID-19, as well as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). .
In an email, she said the increase in RSV and influenza was expected based on trends elsewhere in Canada and around the world.
Dix said the current respiratory illness situation in British Columbia is a concern for parents and those awaiting surgery.
“I don’t want to delay surgery unless it’s necessary,” he said.
“Whatever the reason, if it’s your child or you who’s late for surgery, it’s terrible.
BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon said he hears “horrifying stories” every day from parents enduring long wait times in the emergency department with their children.
“Why could our healthcare system be in such a crisis during a flu season?” he said at a press conference.
“(Governments) will not get better results unless they have the courage to make major changes to the system.”
The Liberals used a question period in Parliament to reiterate their call for Dicks to resign.