Inside an Ottawa children's hospital battling against rising RSV, COVID-19, flu cases
Radio/White Coat, Black Art: A surge in respiratory illnesses, shortages of kids’ medications, COVID-19 and the start of cold and flu season have left children’s hospitals straining to meet demand, says the president of an Ottawa children’s hospital.
These Ontario parents want province to make masks mandatory in classrooms again
Parents and volunteers have formed the Ontario School Safety group, which is calling on the provincial government to bring back measures to curb spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses in schools. The group says they're even mulling taking legal action to see the changes.
SickKids to reduce number of surgeries to focus on critical care amid influx of ICU patients
News/Canada/Toronto: Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children says it will reduce the number of surgeries it performs starting on Monday in an effort to preserve its ability to provide critical care.
Health-care providers 'woefully unprepared' to treat chronic pain, says advocate
Radio/The Current: The federal government is hoping $5 million in funding will provide relief to people struggling with chronic pain, and reduce the amount of people looking to those potentially toxic street drugs as an alternative. But some advocates say more needs to be done.
Canada is seeing an early rise in flu cases. Is a 'tidal wave' of infection coming?
News/Health: Canada is on track to face its first full flu season in several years — one that’s starting earlier than usual, all while the country’s healthcare system is already grappling with respiratory infections like COVID-19 and RSV.
RSV is 'no joke,' warns Ontario mom whose preschooler spent 5 days in ICU with the respiratory virus
News/Canada/London: Keri Graham knew it was time to bring her son Tyler to the emergency room when he was struggling to breathe and Tylenol would no longer break his fever. But the hospital in Oakville, Ont., said it could no longer handle his case, so he was rushed to a London, Ont., hospital's ICU to be treated for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Private health care in N.L. slammed by demand as patients seek help outside public system
News/Canada/Nfld. & Labrador: While Newfoundland and Labrador's public health system continues to be overwhelmed, private health clinics are facing the same challenges as patients look for alternative means for health care.
A genetic disease killed Ayla's sisters. A first-of-its-kind treatment is helping her survive
Radio/The Current: Thanks to an in-utero treatment that's never been done before, Ottawa's Ayla Bashir is developing at a rate expected of the average 17-month-old infant — even while dealing with Pompe disease, a genetic disorder that killed two of her sisters.
Shortage of family doctors pushing more patients to overburdened ERs, physicians say
News/Canada/Edmonton: For emergency physicians who see doctorless patients show up at ERs with routine requests, the severity of the family doctor shortage is a growing concern as it increases pressure on an already strained system.
Quebec defends decision to issue inflation relief while asking Ottawa for more health funds
News/Canada/Montreal: Quebec Premier François Legault is providing Quebecers with sums to deal with inflation as he and the other leaders of Canada's provinces and territories are asking Ottawa to increase federal health-care transfers to 35 per cent from 22 per cent, an increase that would give Quebec an additional $6 billion a year.