Staffing shortage forces postponement of 150 elective surgeries at Whitehorse hospital


Dozens of Yukoners preparing for surgery at Whitehorse General Hospital have had their plans delayed. 

The Yukon Hospital Corporation announced last week it’s postponing roughly 150 elective surgeries due to staff shortages. Those surgeries were scheduled between Feb. 13 and March 31. 

James Low, the corporation’s director of medical staff services, said normally the hospital has 13 staffers in the operating room. Right now, only half the staff needed are available. 

“Unfortunately we’re in this environment where we’re heavily reliant on agency or travel staff,” Low said. 

The cancellations represent about one third of the surgeries that normally would happen at the hospital in the same time frame. 

“We’re not reducing or deferring everything

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