Manitoba doctor warns of overwhelmed hospitals, calls for government help

WINNIPEG –

A Manitoba doctor says hospitals are full, health-care workers are quitting and the system is overwhelmed.

Dr. Kristjan Thompson, who until recently was the head of Doctors Manitoba, says things are beyond critical as patients wait hours for treatment and days for in-patient beds.

Manitoba’s hospitals have seen a surge in demand since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and provincial statistics show that the number of patients in intensive care has remained above pre-pandemic normal capacity.

Thompson, a Winnipeg emergency room doctor, says he recently saw someone wait 18 hours for a bed with a bowel obstruction, and another wait 10 hours while having a heart attack.

Manitoba Health Minister Audrey Gordon says the government is working to address the issue by increasing training spots for health-care workers.

She also says a report is coming in the next week or so on how to retain and better support nurses.

   This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 25, 2022

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