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Twice as many calls, lines down the hall: Halifax paramedic says current emergency department situation has surpassed a crisis

from Toronto Star

Long waits at the Halifax Infirmary’s emergency department are becoming increasingly common and illustrate a growing overcrowding issue that has multiple causes and no quick fixes. Physicians are sometimes treating patients on benches and in hallways, while patients have spent up to 12 hours on ambulance stretchers in a corridor dubbed "ambulance alley," watched over by paramedics who could be spending that time responding to other emergencies. more

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