P.E.I. surgeons have accomplished 72 per cent of the surgical procedures cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the pandemic was declared in March, the province’s medical workers stopped performing elective surgical procedures so as to put together the hospital system for a possible outbreak of COVID-19.
Well being Minister James Aylward mentioned he is happy with the work being carried out by Island surgeons.
“We’d most likely be a bit additional forward of that, however there was a certain quantity of those who have declined a date that was supplied to them,” Aylward advised reporters on the P.E.I. Legislature on Tuesday.
“There’s nonetheless a bit bit, perhaps, nervousness going to a hospital for surgical procedure with COVID on their thoughts.”
Aylward mentioned there are different the reason why individuals are having their surgical procedures postponed.
“They may wish to have it throughout the winter versus throughout the summer time or fall once they may nonetheless be out and energetic,” he mentioned.
Well being Minister James Aylward says some individuals have declined a surgical procedure date supplied to them. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC )
Surgeons have accomplished 881 surgical procedures on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown since elective surgical procedure was restored.
One other 112 surgical procedures have been accomplished at Prince County Hospital in Summerside.
Liberal well being critic Robert Henderson pushed the well being minister for solutions on why these medically crucial surgical procedures haven’t all been carried out.
“The individuals of this province want the boldness of understanding that the system can be there for them, that is the minister’s position,” mentioned Henderson, the MLA for O’Leary-Inverness.
Robert Henderson is the Liberal well being critic. (PEI legislature )
Aylward mentioned the province realized quite a bit from the primary wave of the coronavirus.
“If we do have a second wave, we haven’t any concept right now what that would appear like, so swiftly if we had neighborhood unfold and we had numerous optimistic instances the place individuals needed to be hospitalized, which may have in mind whether or not or not we will carry out as many surgical procedures as we’re doing now as a result of clearly numerous these acute care beds may be occupied by COVID sufferers,” he mentioned.
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