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According to CTV News reported on May 10, the latest data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows that the continuous ups and downs of the pandemic have not only forced longer surgical wait times in hospitals, but also intensified public concerns about easing health restrictions. 

Most hospitals have suspended or postponed nearly all non-emergency surgeries in response to the influx of COVID-19 patients, the report said.  As a result, there have been at least 600,000 fewer surgeries performed across Canada, about a quarter of which are related to joint replacements and cataracts.

It is reported that Omicron poses the most serious threat to the Canadian medical system, and the variant has caused a large number of patients and staff in the hospital to be isolated.  Even though the federal government has allocated a one-time $2 billion to help address the nation’s surgical backlog, provincial health systems are still struggling with severe shortages of health care workers and chronic funding.

News source:COVID: Long waits remain for elective surgeries | CTV News

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