Health-care labour shortage a long time coming, requires shift to team-based care – CTV

Sept. 5, 2022

OTTAWA – Nearly two and a half years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the staffing conundrum initially driven by high infection rates has evolved into an acute labour challenge.
Herb Emery, the Vaughan Chair in regional economics at the University of New Brunswick, said when it comes to staff shortages, the pandemic was “like the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

“These emerging shortages have been present for decades,” Emery said. “So, no one should be surprised that we’re short on doctors that we’re short on nurses.”

In recent weeks hospitals across the country have taken drastic measures to cope with the staff shortages, including temporarily closing emergency departments.

The labour shortage is not unique to health care. Nationwide Statistics Canada says about one million jobs sit empty. But the shortages in health care are the most pronounced.

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