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Overcrowding cancels surgeries at Kamloops hospital

04/12/2013 05:31 EDT | Updated 06/12/2013 05:12 EDT
For the second day in a row, elective surgeries have been cancelled at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops because of overcrowding, prompting some doctors to say the situation is reaching crisis levels.

Dr. Shane Gorman says there are simply not enough beds to provide proper patient care.

"Yesterday, the hospital [capacity] was over 130 per cent, which means there were 70 or more patients who needed to be in the hospital who didn't have beds, and the place was grid-locked," said Gorman.

No one from the Interior Health Authority was available to comment on the cancelled surgeries.

In 2010, hundreds of surgeries at the hospital had to be cancelled because of reoccurring problems with dirty surgical instruments.

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