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Hospital ERs in Calgary facing severe capacity crisis, NDP says

03/03/2015 03:02 EST | Updated 05/03/2015 05:59 EDT
The Alberta NDP released documents Tuesday it says show Calgary emergency rooms are facing a severe capacity crisis.

The data reveal a sharply growing number of Tier 1 — or high-risk overcapacity triggers — in Calgary emergency departments.

T1 overcapacity triggers are initiated at hospitals when a patient needing either resuscitation or rapid medical intervention — or is expected to — would not be able to get that care.

In September last year, a high-risk overcapacity protocol was triggered 43 times in Calgary emergency departments, the NDP says.

“Even more alarming is that on Sept. 24 every one of the five hospitals reported on, triggered a high-risk overcapacity protocol,” the party said in a release.

The NDP says decades of government neglect of the health-care system is to blame.

“Calgarians are worried about their families' future - they're worried that further cuts will make the situation worse," said NDP Leader Rachel Notley in a release. 

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