Bed shortage blamed after Winnipeg patient with MS unwillingly moved to COVID ward – CBC

Medical staff acknowledged pushing man to COVID-19 ward was a mistake, then put him in isolation for 10 days

Aug 03, 2022

A Winnipeg hospital overwhelmed with more patients than it had capacity for sent a man who didn’t have COVID-19, but lives with multiple sclerosis, into an outbreak ward where he says he shouldn’t have been.

After nearly two days in an emergency department bed at Health Sciences Centre, waiting to be admitted, Vince Mancini pleaded with medical staff not to move him into an area of the hospital where he was more likely to contract COVID-19.

Mancini doesn’t know why his pleas were dismissed, but he suspects the hospital had no other beds.

“Knowing that I have to go through a treatment [for MS], knowing that contracting COVID right now would be very harmful to my health, it hit me very, very hard,” Mancini said, explaining his treatments would have been cancelled if he got COVID-19.

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