Shortages of nurses now a crisis

By Doug Collins
December 8, 2015 - 7:55am Updated: December 8, 2015 - 8:47am

VANCOUVER — Surgeries are being cancelled at an alarming rate, and it's only a matter of time before it leads to someone dying.

That's the opinion of the head of the B.C. Nurses' Union. Gayle Duteil says there are a thousand vacancies for nurses across B.C. in both operating rooms and emergency departments. Guteil says it's becoming a major crisis.

Statistics show over 300 surgeries have been cancelled at Vancouver General Hospital alone over the past six months because there just aren't enough operating-room nurses to go around.

Duteil says while providing overtime pay for nurses helps, it only goes so far.

Overtime and cancelling vacation requests have been used to deal with the issue, but it's only a matter of time before nurses run out of gas to do that job under those conditions. 

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