Health-care workers logged more hours of overtime in 2021 than in a decade: report – CTV

Nov. 18, 2022

Health-care workers logged more hours of overtime last year than they had in a decade, according to a new report detailing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on Canadian health-care workers.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released a report on Thursday outlining some of the structural shifts that occurred within the health-care system during the pandemic — and where that system began to see the most stress.

In 2021, more than 236,000 workers averaged around eight hours per week of paid overtime and 5.8 hours per week of unpaid overtime.

Across the board, this means one in five health-care workers were consistently clocking overtime, but in some professions, it was even higher.

Around 45 per cent of paramedics, 34 per cent of family physicians and 31 per cent of respiratory therapists were clocking overtime regularly.

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