Quebec hospitals overwhelmed and it’s only going to get worse, health officials say – CBC

Hospitals are already cutting other services but some have no beds left

Jan 06, 2022

The Quebec government says it’s scrambling to find more staff to deal with an anticipated spike in hospitalizations.

The province’s health-care research institute, the INESSS, predicts the need for hospital beds will nearly double in the next two weeks and that will likely lead to more surgery delays, but already hospitals across Quebec are at capacity.

The institute estimates 3,000 regular hospital beds and another 400 intensive care beds will be needed.

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said the hospital situation will be critical over the next two weeks.

“The Omicron wave is really like a tidal wave that is sweeping over all Western countries,” he said Thursday.

“We are not only seeing an increase in the number of patients in our hospitals, but we are also seeing that we are losing even more staff every day.”

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