BC plans to cancel surgeries to make room for flu cases in overcrowded hospitals – BC News

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The government of British Columbia has plans to cancel hospital operations to make room for patients with respiratory illnesses, but it has not yet reached that point.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says postponing non-urgent operations is a way to make room in hospitals for patients, particularly children, battling flu and other respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.

He says the province is struggling with a severe disease season and necessary measures to accommodate acute respiratory cases will be taken.

BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver says it is triaging less serious patients from its emergency room to a nearby area because of a surge of people with respiratory illnesses.

The Liberal opposition parties, which are calling for Dix to resign as minister, say parents are waiting 10 hours or more in emergency departments for help for their sick children.

Dix says the province is dealing with a “tough season” and delaying surgeries will open up more hospital space.

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