Six community health centres on reduced or emergency service in Nunavut – Nunatsiaq News

Apr 13, 2023

Health centres in 1 Baffin community, 3 Kivalliq communities and 2 Kitikmeot communities affected

Six of Nunavut’s community health centres are currently offering reduced or emergency services only.

Staff shortages in the territory’s health-care sector are creating a “heavy workload and greater likelihood of burnout,” according to Health Department spokesperson Chris Puglia.

“When there is an emergency that keeps numerous health centre staff on the job for extended periods of time, staff are required to have a rest period to ensure the safety and quality of care,” he said Wednesday in an email.

“Reduced services are based on these circumstances.”

According to data provided by the Department of Health, centres operating this month at reduced services — meaning some services are not available depending on staffing levels, and there may be a reduction in operating hours and staff available, especially for walk-ins — are:

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