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24 Jan 2022

Canada Reels under Omicron as Latest Coronavirus Variant Impacts Healthcare Workers

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Hospitals across Canada are struggling to control the mounting cases of COVID-19 as health workers grapple with burnout and exhaustion.

After nearly two years of constantly being on their toes with endless rounds of caregiving, nurses and doctors in the country are on the brink of being completely enervated. "We're just burnt out all the time," said Aimee Earhart who resigned from her job as an emergency department nurse at a prominent Toronto hospital following an extended period of countless hospital shifts with barely any time to breathe.

As infections continue to rise in Canada, only made worse by the Omicron surge, health officials continue to bear the brunt of the unprecedented escalations in cases. Experts have warned that if vacancies in the health sector are not filled in a timely manner due to certification, lack of training, and pay cuts, it could severely impact the state of the public health system in the country, especially at present during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This comes as a recent Statistics Canada report showed that job openings in the healthcare sector in Canada have spiked by 78.8% between Q3 of 2019 and Q3 of 2021.

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