Island Health still recovering from pandemic-caused shortages, looking ahead for 2024

More beds and doctors are coming to Island communities in the New Year, after a challenging 2023 for health care.

In a year-end letter, Leah Hollins, chair of Island Health’s board of directors, says the health authority is still dealing with ripple effects from the pandemic. Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals are still not back to full surgical capacity, and hospitals up to Port Hardy are struggling with retaining and recruiting doctors.

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