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Health authorities across Canada have cut time in the emergency department

Health officials in

Canadahave reduced the time in hospitals emergency departments and emergency medical clinics in recent weeks. Summer due to a surge in patients and a shortage of staff.

According to clinicians, this situation involves recurrence of viral infections such asCOVID-19between adults and children, as well as seeking delayed care due to pandemics. It is said that it is related to the push by people. , And is exacerbated by the large number of medical workers with illness and burnout syndrome.

There were scenes where tensions clogged hospital corridors, flooded clinic waiting rooms, waited for hours of inpatient treatment, and occupy more than 100% of pediatric hospitals. .. It also rekindled discussions about the systematic issues of government-sponsored healthcare systems.

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Thursday, Perth and Smith Falls District Hospital in eastern Ontario, with COVID-19 outbreak, Perth's emergency department on Saturday Announced that it will be closed until Thursday. It affects its staffing.

"It's like all four riders in the apocalypse fall into our health care at once," said Aland Ramond, a family urgent doctor. rice field. About 6,000 people.

Drummond, who spoke to Reuters before the closure was announced, saw the patient waiting 20 hours for hospitalization, which could lead to worsening of his condition and even medical errors. The situation. He blames the long-standing inadequate funding of hospital beds and community medicine.

Small towns and cities in Canada sometimes save time, but community health hubs rarely do so.

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Ontario The state's Ministry of Health has stated that Canada's most populous state has been affected by partial or temporary closures, but this includes retaining nurses and other health care workers. He states that he is taking steps to address the issue.

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"Hospital makes a difficult decision You may have to temporarily close the emergency department so that you can continue to work throughout the rest of the hospital. "

According to a statement from the hospital, the hospitals in New Brunswick and Manitova, the second largest states in Quebec, have also partially closed their departments or are temporarily closed for weeks or months. Saved time.

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The Emergency Care Clinic at Hotel Dew Hospital in Kingston, Ontario has reduced time over the long weekend of Canada Day. A spokesperson for the Kingston Health Science Center described it as a one-off cut planned for the relocation that began on Friday, but "staff shortages and current patient population spikes were expected to continue during the summer. I added.

Many people abandoned the face mask used to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and many succumbed to the disease during the spring and were not pre-exposed to many viruses. As young people, children were hit hard by the health care crisis.

The Eastern Ontario Children's Hospital in Otawa, the capital of the country, operated from May to early June with a capacity of 110% to 120%. According to a spokesperson, the occupancy rate in May was the highest ever.

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Financing discussion

Canada provides per capita funding According to the OECD, which has the fourth lowest number of acute care beds received, among the countries of the Economic Cooperation and Development Organization, the Federal Fund is Canada among the 11 rich countries. Health system ranked second.

In the 1990s, Canada's Some blame the lack of funding for the medical system when the federal government cuts spending to curb the country's deficit.

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Right-handed Fraser Institute , He states that the government-funded system itself is the root cause of the problem and suggests a shift to a privately funded model.

Canada may have little time to waste.

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Rami Rahal, Vice President of Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, is at risk of exacerbating cancer illness and death in the country For a long period of time when screening was skipped or delayed and treatment was postponed.

"We can't take the approach out of this crisis," he said. "We must find an innovative way to provide care."

(reported by Anna Mehler Paperny; edited by Paul Simao)

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