Ontario pediatric hospitals ask for help to deal with backlog of 12,000 surgeries – CBC

About half of children on waitlist are waiting beyond recommended wait times

Jan 22, 2023

Nearly 12,000 children are on a wait list for surgeries across Ontario, a situation officials at four major pediatric hospitals say is part of a much bigger problem they need help from the province to solve.

A surge of viral respiratory illnesses, driven by a particularly bad strain of the flu and respiratory syncytial virus, overwhelmed the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, the Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre and CHEO, a health care and research facility in Ottawa.

The hospitals say that surge has abated after three difficult months which saw surgeries cancelled and staff redeployed to help out overburdened emergency departments and intensive care units.

But through that time, the surgical wait list continued to grow.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-children-surgery-waitlists-1.6722402

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