Federal government expected to respond to Manitoba’s request for ICU nurses ‘within days’ – CBC

Local physicians pleased the province asked for help, worried more nurses needed

Dec 14, 2021

Ottawa is expected to respond to Manitoba’s request for federal assistance later this week, says a federal spokesperson.

“Safe to say there will be a response within days,” the spokesperson said in an email to CBC News.

Over the weekend, the province asked the federal government for 15 to 30 intensive care unit nurses for approximately six weeks, per a statement from the province Monday afternoon.

Winnipeg intensive care physician Kendiss Olafson says the shuffling of intensive care beds has become the “day-to-day reality” of what front-line health-care workers are dealing with trying to combat COVID-19, while also trying to provide the best care possible for non-COVID patients.

Olafson appreciates that the province reached out to the federal government to ask for help over the weekend.

“It’s an important first step. I’m happy that our government is willing to ask and receive help. Our ICU staff right now are so overwhelmed and we’re in desperate need of assistance to deal with people that are coming through our doors,” she said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/federal-government-respond-manitoba-request-icu-nurses-1.6284784

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