Overcrowded ER Rooms

Monday night's decision to wheel overflow patients at New Westminister's Royal Columbia Hospital from Emergency into a Tim Hortons outlet may just signal that our health care system is now one Timbit over the line. We hear from front line doctors on what to do.


ER Rooms - Panel

It was no joke Monday night. Emergency physicians at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminister, BC took over the hospital's Tim Hortons and start treating patients there. They made the decision because the hospital's beds, waiting rooms and hallways were over-crowded. Shelly Fisher's mother was one of the patients treated at the Tim Hortons. We heard from her.

The doctors' decision has re-ignited the debate about wait lists, treatment times and whether our health care system is functioning in a way that's acceptable.

Adam Lund is an emergency doctor at Royal Columbian Hospital. He is one of the staff members who made the decision to take-over the Tim Horton's. He was in Vancouver this morning.

Doctor Jill McEwen is an emergency room physician at Vancouver General Hospital. She's also on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. She was in Vancouver.

And Doctor David Ng leads the Emergency Department at the Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Network. It has given a crisis designation to several hospitals including the Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario. Doctor Ng is also the Chief of the Emergency Department there.

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