Health care is more than just doctors and nurses. Shortages of specialized health science professionals like respiratory therapists, ultrasonographers, and physiotherapists, to name a few, are driving up waitlists and backlogs at alarming rates.
There simply aren’t enough workers to meet the growing demands on our public health care and community social services. More than 18,000 patients are now waiting for ultrasound tests, forcing one health authority to halt new routine testing.
If we don’t train and hire more health science professionals, waiting times will continue to grow and the level of care patients receive will continue to fall.