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Women’s health at risk as Lethbridge battles severe obstetrician shortage, doctors warn

A shortage of obstetricians in Lethbridge is being called a crisis, and it’s sparking concerns about patient safety.  By the end of November, just one permanent obstetrician-gynecologist will be left to serve the southern Alberta city of more than 100,000 people and its surrounding areas. There’s funding for eight obstetrician-gynecologists. But since June …

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Amid ambulance shortage, unvaccinated B.C. medics say they want to get back to work

Michael Dunbar has spent the past year working as a medic at an industrial site near Kamloops, B.C., standing by his decision that cost him his job at B.C. Ambulance Service. He says he never disclosed his COVID-19 vaccination status to his employer, which led to his termination when immunization mandates went …

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Bus driver shortage leaves Calgary kids on routes without dedicated drivers waiting hours for a ride

When Tiffany Robinson signed her daughter up for yellow school bus service this year, she expected the 12-year-old would have a reliable way to get to and from school each day, but that hasn’t been her experience.  A province-wide driver shortage means like many others in Alberta, since the school year …

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Alberta’s trucking industry continues to struggle with driver shortage

Despite a provincial grant program to recruit new truck drivers, Alberta’s trucking industry is still struggling to fill thousands of vacant driver roles — and it’s in part due to challenges with insurance. Harjeet Singh, owner of Alberta Truck Training and Driver Education, says he thinks the driver shortage is …

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Ontario pet owners struggling to find animal care amid shortage of vets

When one of Sarah Bennett’s Great Danes suffered a minor injury while playing in the neighbourhood dog park last year, the vet told her it was nothing a few stitches wouldn’t fix. But nobody at the clinic was available to do it, so Bennett had to take care of the cut herself. “That is …

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Shortage of staff leaves parents frustrated, kids without lessons at city pools

Darryl McCoy has tried to register his kids in swimming lessons at City of Calgary facilities at every opportunity over the last couple of years with little success.  “It’s been an absolute nightmare,” he said.  City pools were closed for good chunks of the pandemic, or limited their offerings, and now …

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How a rural Nova Scotia village found a new doctor amid widespread shortage

A housing shortage, large patient rosters, and a lack of support are some challenges for recruiters looking to attract doctors to rural areas of Nova Scotia. That challenge is underscored by a doctor shortage that’s left more than 100,000 Nova Scotians without a family doctor. Despite those challenges, Sacred Heart …

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Children’s fever, pain medications in short supply in B.C. due to ingredient shortage: pharmacists

Pharmacists say challenges around sourcing raw ingredients are behind the shortages of over-the-counter children’s fever and pain medication in pharmacies and retail stores across B.C., but they are cautioning parents against stockpiling the products or trying to adjust doses at home. Children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen products, often referred to by the brand names Advil and …

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Worried about a shortage of children’s medications? Here’s what you need to know

Amid a nationwide shortage of children’s pain and fever medications, Health Canada was due to speak with manufacturers on Thursday to discuss ways to boost supply. Parents across the country have noted empty shelves where they had hoped to find pediatric acetaminophen or ibuprofen products, like liquid Tylenol and Advil, …

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Promised SFU medical school still years from opening despite doctor shortage

This story is part of Situation Critical, a series from CBC British Columbia reporting on the barriers people in this province face in accessing timely and appropriate health care. When Sharman Minus had a heart attack in early 2020, she hadn’t had a family doctor in two years. The 69-year-old Victoria retiree still doesn’t and as a result waits hours in emergency rooms or on telehealth lines  explaining her medical history again and again, hoping to get help for chronic symptoms …

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