Quebec health-care workers brace for surge of patients in ERs – GLOBAL

January 2, 2023

As many Montrealers cherish one more day of relaxation before heading back to work, already-tired health-care professionals are fearing tough times ahead in the province’s emergency rooms.

“I think after New Year’s, it’s going to be like a catastrophe,” said Melanie Gignac, a nurse who heads the Monteregie-West Nurses Union.

While last New Year’s Eve, Quebec was under curfew, this year, parties were in full swing.

“People are finally able to see their loved ones during the holidays. We weren’t allowed to do that last year,” said Dr. Cristian Toarta, McGill University Health Centre Associate Emergency Department Chief.

“Unfortunately, I think a lot of people are going to be sick, hopefully not sick enough to end up hospitalized, but certainly we’re going to see an increase in the number of viral illnesses.”

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/9382840/quebec-health-care-er-surge/

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