Sep 01, 2022
By Steve Kee
Temporary ER closures at Ontario hospitals have been ongoing for months as Canada contends with record levels of health-care job vacancies.
Now news that a hospital in eastern Ontario is closing its emergency room for six nights due to staffing shortages.
The Kemptville District Hospital says the temporary overnight ER closures started last night and will continue daily from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. until Tuesday over the Labour Day weekend.
The hospital’s chief executive says staff fatigue and burnout, along with COVID-related absences and vacations, are all contributing to sustained pressure on the ER.
The hospital says its trying to recruit staff to reduce temporary closures going forward.