‘Cancer won’t wait’: Patients frustrated as surgeries postponed due to COVID overload
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(Elizabeth Payne, Blair Crawford/ The Ottawa Citizen) — Just weeks after learning she had an aggressive form of breast cancer, an Ottawa woman has received more shattering news: Her surgery to remove that cancer has been postponed.

The 51-year-old public health professional with the federal government is one of up to   …

Delayed health care during pandemic may have led to thousands of excess deaths: study
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(Anthony Vasquez-Peddie/ CTV News) — Health-care restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic may have contributed to thousands of excess deaths not related to the virus, along with increased incidents of mental health disorders and substance use, and have put a strain on the Canadian health-care system, according  …

Health-care workers are dealing with ‘compassion fatigue’
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(Zahra Hasan Healthing) — As vaccination rates increase and restrictions relax, the opening of public services suggests that we will see a rebound in the mental health of the general population. Many longitudinal studies are currently underway to study the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of different demographics,
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Thousands of Quebec doctors are preparing to retire
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(Jocelyne Richer/ The Canadian Press) — The anticipated exodus of aging doctors has already started and will increase in the months and years to come, making access to a family doctor even more precarious, of which 20% of Quebecers are deprived.

In this context, everything indicates that the commitment made by François  …

Quebec nurses pan ‘barbaric’ working conditions amid staffing crisis in ERs
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(Sabrina Jonas/ CBC News) — Nurses in Quebec are detailing the dismal work conditions that are prompting them to leave the public sector in droves, departures that have triggered a staffing crisis at emergency rooms across the province.

They are also pushing the provincial government to take more drastic steps to address  …