PODCAST EPISODE

How close to the breaking point are our hospitals?

The Big Story

Jan 5 2022 • 24 mins


At least one group of hospitals has called a "Code Orange" this week as health care workers battle a tsunami of Covid-19 admissions. That's a protocol usually reserved for mass casualty incidents, when there are too many victims to care for. It's a sign of just how brutal the January Omicron wave may be.

Schools are closed and restrictions are back in place to help stem the tide—but did it have to be this way? Could we have increased hospital capacity, kept health care workers healthy and safe and kept schools open? What would it have taken and why didn't it happen?

GUEST: Dr. Katharine Smart, President, Canadian Medical Association