Ontario Hospitals Strive to Clear Surgery Backlog

Hospital officials face a new challenge as they tackle a massive backlog of surgical procedures that were canceled or postponed after the outbreak of the pandemic. 

An estimated 100,000 patients across Canada, including many patients in Ontario, had their surgeries delayed earlier this year according to reports from CBC News. 

Although it may take months or even several years to clear the backlog of procedures ranging from cataract to cancer surgeries, those procedures are now resuming. 

The executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, Natalie Mehra, said, “People are waiting in pain, people are waiting in uncertainty. Some people’s health declines while they’re waiting.”

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