The recent death of a man who suffered a heart attack in Haida Gwaii because he didn’t have better access to care is prompting more warnings about staffing shortages at two B.C. hospitals.
Some beds at New Westminster’s Royal Columbian and the pending closure of the Intensive Care Unit in Fort St. John are being blamed on a lack of specialty-trained workers.
Christine Sorensen with the BC Nurses Union fears what happened in Haida Gwaii could happen again this weekend.
“The nurses in Fort St. John are very concerned. They provide care to people that they know very well and with the shortage of staffing, many of these nurses are often working overtime to cover shifts to ensure that there is staffing available.”
“They’ve now run into a crunch this weekend where there is nobody available.”
Sorensen adds critically ill patients who require specially-trained nurses are not easy to move to other wards.