19 of 50 critical care beds now open in Alberta

Misericordia Community Hospital

"These beds are staffed with new registered nurses, health-care aides, unit clerks, respiratory therapists and other allied health-care professionals who will keep those beds open when needed."

Alberta's Premier Jason Kenney announced 19 of the 50 new critical care beds are now open with the rest expected to be operational by September.

The beds are part of $300M bookmarked over the next three years in the provincial budget. Kenney noted despite having one of the highest levels of health-care spending in the country, Alberta had among the fewest number of ICU beds per capita. 

A new report indicates wait times for surgeries in the country has improved but Alberta still sits behind other provinces when it comes to the timelines for knee and hip surgeries.

Health Care staff have raised their concerns about what they call "unprecedented" emergency room wait times.

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