A nationwide well being care staffing scarcity seems to be affecting Nunavut notably exhausting.
The Nunavut authorities introduced on Friday it was briefly closing its two northernmost group well being centres for a part of the summer time on account of a well being care staffing scarcity within the territory. Well being centres in 5 extra communities may also shut for a part of the summer time, besides to emergencies.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and a nationwide scarcity of health-care employees have made the recruitment of nurses into the territory very troublesome,” mentioned Lorne Kusugak, minister of well being, in a information launch Friday.
“My division developed contingency plans that can enable continuity of well being providers in affected communities whereas aggressively pursuing recruitment efforts all through the summer time.”
A contract secured on March 23 with Bayshore Healthcare Company has averted much more closures, however that might change, the territory mentioned. The contract is about to supply nurse and midwifery providers to Nunavut.
Within the information launch, the territory mentioned whereas the brand new partnership and the hiring efforts over the previous few weeks have allowed the Division of Well being to keep away from additional summer time closures, if staffing ranges change, some closures could also be essential.
The discharge mentioned the Division of Well being is working with authorities and territorial companions to ensure Nunavummiut have entry to well being care whereas it really works to handle the shortages.
The plan is to supply digital well being, fly-in clinics and paramedic providers to purchasers as a substitute in areas the place there are centre closures.
Delays to be anticipated
Requires well being service could also be routinely forwarded to different communities, the discharge mentioned, and “callers are requested to not hold up if there are delays whereas the decision is connecting.”
Providers, like prescription fillings, will proceed to be supplied from assist employees, however Nunavummiut in affected communities are reminded there could possibly be delays there too.
Digital public well being employees, paramedics and different well being employees will assist with the territory’s response to COVID-19, together with serving to with testing and conducting contact tracing and monitoring, the federal government mentioned.
Vaccines may also nonetheless be accessible by appointment and will likely be administered by paramedics or a licensed nurse practitioner.
The service reductions or closures might change primarily based on employees availability.
The affected well being centres set for closures embody:
- Grise Fiord: Mid-August.
- Resolute: Mid-August.
Well being centres closed besides to emergency providers embody:
- Kugaruuk: Aug. 1-15.
- Taloyoak: July 30 to Aug. 13.
- Clyde River: Aug. 9-24.
- Sanikiluaq: July 26 to Aug. 31.
- Naujaat: Aug. 12 -31.