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Flu surges on heels of RSV, COVID-19 to overwhelm children’s hospitals in Canada

Flu surges on heels of RSV, COVID-19 to overwhelm children’s hospitals in Canada

Ontario and Alberta in particular have been hit very hard with an early and really quite explosive influenza season A flu season that started early, hospitalized far more children than usual and overwhelmed emergency departments has revealed that Canada’s health-care system is chronically underfunded when it comes to the most vulnerable citizens, a pediatric infectious …

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Doug Ford’s government under fire after Red Cross asked to help at children’s hospital

The Ontario government is under fire for not providing the health-care system with proper resources after the Red Cross agreed to help a major Ottawa hospital handle a massive surge of children with respiratory viruses. “Calling in the Red Cross to help in our hospitals should never have to happen,” interim New Democrat Leader Peter …

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‘Intense’ flu season hits Canadian kids hard, landing more in hospital

Flu infections are raging among children and hospitalizing them across Canada, say pediatricians who are calling for urgent and longer-term solutions. On the weekend, hospitals across the country were forced to scale back regular service to deal with a surge in influenza illnesses: CHEO in Ottawa said the Red Cross will be deployed to help …

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Copping says help is coming for Alberta children’s hospitals

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping says help is on the way to deal with strain on the province’s two children’s hospitals as they deal with a rise in respiratory illnesses. A surge in patients at Alberta’s Children’s Hospital prompted Alberta Health Services to redeploy staff to the hospital from a facility that provides respite care …

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‘Please help me’: Toronto man dies at home after pleas for medical care go unanswered

A Toronto music lover who thrived in the company of others died alone at home following three visits to a local hospital due to severe abdominal pain, according to one of his closest friends. “He didn’t talk very much, but he had this presence that everybody enjoyed hanging out with him because he was just …

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Staff shortages forces 1-day cancellation of blood collection appointments at Waterford Hospital

Waterford Hospital’s outpatient blood collection appointments were canceled Tuesday due to ‘human resource challenges,’ said Eastern Health in a press release. (CBC) A one-day cancellation of blood collection appointments at a St. John’s hospital Tuesday didn’t come as a shock to union president Jerry Earle, who said it’s just another symptom of an already ailing …

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