Parents fear ‘crisis’ in children’s care after several Ontario hospitals cancel surgeries – CBC

‘It should never have gotten this far. Our kids deserve better’: Moms, Grandmoms, and Caregivers for Kids

Nov 23, 2022

In the wake of news that three Ontario children’s hospitals have cancelled surgeries, dozens of parents are sharing their stories about how the onslaught of viruses this fall has affected their families, and question whether enough is being done to address the “crisis” in care.

In recent weeks, the Children’s Hospital in London, Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa announced the cancellation of surgeries to focus on providing critical care as staff deal with the surge of children with respiratory illnesses.

Morgan Bradnam, 37, of London, Ont., was among the parents who contacted CBC after hearing the London hospital’s announcement earlier this week. The mother of two school-aged sons said that since October, “it’s pretty much been a non-stop revolving door of illnesses.”

Bradnam said the shortage of children’s cold and flu medications has also been frustrating.

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