Alberta hospitals moving patients out to make room for others sick with COVID-19 – CBC

Province reports 1,510 new cases and 9 new deaths; 679 in hospital, including 154 in ICU

Sep 09, 2021

Alberta will move patients out of acute-care hospital beds to make room for others sick with COVID-19, Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced Thursday.

Patients who are moved out of hospitals will be taken care of at home and in facility-based continuing care, Shandro told a news conference.

The province, working to cope with the surging fourth wave of the pandemic, will provide up to $36 million in new funding to improve wages and create additional workforce capacity to allow more Albertans to receive care outside of hospitals, Shandro said.

He said $22 million will be used to increase the pay of health-care aides working in contracted agencies.

The money will provide a pay increase of $2 per hour for the next 13 months. Another $14 million will be used to expand workforce capacity to support home care and continuing care facilities until March 31.

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