Plans to make room for patients with respiratory illnesses by cancelling surgeries are in place in British Columbia hospitals, says Health Minister Adrian Dix, as parents worry about long emergency room waits with sick children.
But the province has yet to reach the point of scrapping operations, said Dix Thursday, as he faced Opposition calls for his resignation.
Parents and the Opposition have decried lengthy waits at emergency rooms across B.C. for children suffering serious respiratory symptoms.
“I’ve raved about our health-care system my whole life but I see it now slowly crumbling and it scares me and worries me,” said Rachel Thexton, who waited hours for medical care after her three kids each fell sick over the past two weeks.