Health minister expects even bigger demands on health-care system in 2024

B.C. will see more people in hospital beds in January than ever before, as post-pandemic fallout combines with the peak of respiratory illness season, says Health Minister Adrian Dix.

The increased demand for hospital beds comes amid challenges including the ongoing toxic-drug overdose crisis, now in its eighth year, a shortage of nurses and family physicians, and a population that’s growing and aging.

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