Saturday, March 18, 2017


Michael Hurley, president of the hospital union council, called on the provincial government to add 200 permanent hospital beds in the city (Ottawa) to reduce the overcrowding that has become chronic at some hospitals.  Hurley said the overcrowding is a symptom of too few hospital beds at a time when baby boomers are aging and putting growing pressure on the health care system.
“We should not pretend that this overcapacity is a symptom of a virulent flu season. The issue is that too many beds and staff have been cut while the population has grown and gotten older. There is absolutely no surge capacity in the system and hospital staff, from nurses to cleaners, are working at an exhausting pace, because they have too many patients to care for.”

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