Hospital bed crunch may be eased by program review


Health Minister Victor Boudreau says the pressure put on hospitals by large numbers of medically discharged patients taking up beds may be alleviated through the Liberal government’s strategic program review.

The health minister’s comments on Wednesday came the day after Dr. Ben Hoyt, the chief surgeon at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, said too many surgeries are being cancelled because patients who should be in alternate care, such as nursing homes, are taking up hospital beds.

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