190 Calgary doctors warn emergency rooms ‘collapsing’ in open letter – CBC

Physicians say they’re worried about patients as wait times grow with no end in sight

May 24, 2023

A group of nearly 200 Calgary ER doctors is warning, in an open letter to Albertans, that emergency departments are “collapsing” and they’re struggling to provide timely and effective care to patients.

“Signs of a capacity crisis are everywhere,” the letter reads.

“The wait time in Calgary’s emergency departments has skyrocketed, with patients sometimes waiting up to 15 hours to be seen by a doctor. These patients often become sicker while waiting. We worry about these patients every shift.”

The 190 doctors involved, who add up to about 75 per cent of those working at Calgary’s four adult hospitals, say they’re speaking out as independent physicians and not on behalf of Alberta Health Services or the Alberta Medical Association.

“It’s so distressing to see patients sick in hallways and in waiting rooms when we want to be providing the care that they need,” one of the signatories, ER physician Dr. Katie Lin, said in an interview with CBC News.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-doctors-warn-emergency-rooms-collapsing-1.6852938

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