ER doctors at 2 more B.C. hospitals say staffing crisis leaves patients with ‘undignified’ care – CBC

Doctors say most of newly expanded ER at Eagle Ridge Hospital sits empty for chunks of time

May 29, 2023

Dozens of emergency doctors from two more hospitals in B.C.’s Lower Mainland have joined a chorus of emergency room physicians speaking out about the dire situation inside their hospital departments, pushing the total number of staff who’ve spoken out in the last two weeks alone to more than 70.

A group of physicians from Royal Columbian Hospital and Eagle Ridge Hospital wrote a joint letter saying they don’t see an end to ongoing staffing shortages leaving vulnerable patients waiting for days without adequate, “dignified” care.

“The standard of what we accept as being a ‘bad day’ continues to get worse,” one physician said in an interview with CBC News.

“Oftentimes before we even get into the emergency department, we see a lineup of ambulances waiting to offload patients. On our way to our office, we see hallways lined with stretchers — patients who have clearly been there for hours waiting to be seen,” they continued.

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