An investigation is underway after a patient died at a North Vancouver hospital.

Vancouver Coastal Health is conducting a comprehensive review following the death of a woman at Lionsgate Hospital last week.

The health authority said earlier this month that one person was assessed by a doctor and received care from hospital staff but that patient privacy and confidentiality ‘prevent us from discussing publicly the specific details of this case’. prevents from’.

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The Vancouver Sun reported that the woman died after being on a stretcher for more than two days awaiting further treatment.

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“A loss of this nature is heartbreaking for the family and caregivers. We are deeply saddened by this incident and offer our sincere condolences to the bereaved family,” read a statement from VCH.

“Coastal leadership has met with the family to offer additional support and will continue to meet with them to answer any questions they may have.”

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The BC Nurses Union says members have expressed concern about what happened at Lionsgate Hospital and believe staff shortages led to inadequate care.

The health care system as a whole has been under tremendous pressure in recent months.

Chronic staff shortages have been exacerbated by early retirement due to burnout and sick days due to COVID-19.

“There aren’t enough nurses to monitor the patients that need to be monitored,” BCNU vice-president Adrian Gear said.

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“This is a very unfortunate incident that happened at Lionsgate Hospital but it could happen at any hospital in British Columbia.”

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From July 11 to July 17, 15,776 health care workers across the province called in sick for at least one day. This constitutes about 9.8% of the entire health workforce.

Despite the extremely high absenteeism rate, the province and health authorities are ensuring that timely patient care is provided to the public.

“We are committed to the health and safety of everyone in our care,” reads VCH’s statement.

“We are committed to supporting our healthcare workers as they care for patients during this difficult and difficult time.”

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