Patients who have had their surgeries postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic are a step closer to having their procedures.
Ontario’s Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, has unveiled a framework for hospitals to gradually resume elective surgeries. But that won’t happen yet.
“No hospital can proceed until the Ministry of Health alters the directive that ordered us to stand down elective type procedures and surgeries, so that has to be amended before we can move ahead,” said Dr. David Pichora, president and CEO of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre.
As for a backlog, it’s there. But according to Pichora that’s nothing new.
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