News Release: NLMA provides update on surgical backlogs
In March, the NLMA reported that health system shutdowns and cancelled surgeries have contributed to a backlog of 6,113 non-emergency surgical procedures at the province’s tertiary referral centres in St. John’s, including the Health Sciences Centre and St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital. A month later, the backlog has not improved.
Surgeons in St. John’s advised the NLMA that as of April 12 their combined waitlists totaled 6,797 backlogged surgical cases. The following is a breakdown of their waitlists:
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Physicians have advised the NLMA that the problem also extends to hospital surgical sites throughout the province. Therefore, the NLMA continues to call on the provincial government to:
- Reduce the surgical backlog in the province to pre-pandemic levels by a fixed date.
- Bring together surgeons and nurses to assist regional health authorities in developing a plan to reduce the surgical backlog and oversee the plan’s implementation.
- Increase operating room capacity by maximizing the efficiency of OR time and all available operating rooms within regional health authorities.
- Ensure transparency and accountability to the public by establishing an online dashboard to report the number of backlogged surgical cases to be updated monthly.