09/30/2013 06:23 EDT | Updated 11/30/2013 05:12 EST

Saskatoon hospital bed crunch easing, but long-term patients still take up beds

SASKATOON - The space crunch at Saskatoon's three hospitals is getting a little better, but some people who need acute care are still waiting for beds.

Saskatoon Health Region says it was able to stand down its emergency response system Sunday after struggling for days to find beds for people and to transfer others to hospitals outside the region.

Officials say the pressures have eased slightly.

The backlog has been caused by people in acute care beds waiting to be transferred to long-term care facilities.

The region says on Monday there were 77 people waiting for such transfers.

Officials say they will continue to face the problem in coming days and will work to come up with with a better solution.