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COVID-19 has 'crushed' Canada's health-care system, warns doctor

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Chronic staff shortages in Canada's health-care system have been exacerbated by waves of COVID-19 infections, and are pushing the system to the brink, warns a medical advocate for Doctors Manitoba.

"The health-care system has slowly been crumbling," Dr. David Cram told CTV News Channel on Monday. "Then COVID came along and just crushed us."

He warns that the impact of staffing shortages is being felt significantly among rural health-care units, with a rising instances of emergency rooms being forced to close.

"You're just short doctors and you literally have to shut down." Cram said.

Watch Cram explain the problem – and possible solutions – in the video at the top of this article.

Correction

A previous version of this article incorrectly said Dr. David Cram was president of Doctors Manitoba. He is instead a board member.

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