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Quebec faces severe pressure on casualty departments

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:556
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Quebec's provincial government is injecting $C20m (£ 48m; $77m) into its hospitals as a short term measure to help solve the worst emergency room overcrowding crisis in recent memory.

    That's $C5m more than the health and social services minister, Pauline Marois, promised two weeks earlier. She got the additional funds by appealing to Prime Minister, Lucien Bouchard, after widespread media coverage of an overflow of patients in several centres, notably Montreal and Quebec City.

    On one Wednesday in February, 11emergency rooms were …

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