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Health-care advocates frustrated as Gatineau Hospital ICU stays shut



a sign in front of a building: A staffing shortage has led to the temporary closure of the Gatineau Hospital's intensive care ward, with patients being treated at other hospitals across the region.


© Jonathan Dupaul/Radio-Canada
A staffing shortage has led to the temporary closure of the Gatineau Hospital’s intensive care ward, with patients being treated at other hospitals across the region.

The intensive care unit at the Gatineau Hospital will remain shut until at least Monday night due to a shortage of nurses, according to the local health authority.

The Centre intégré de Santé et de Services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) announced Saturday that the ICU would close at midnight that night due to unexpected absences among the nursing staff. 

On Sunday, CISSSO told Radio-Canada that the closure will remain in place at least another day — the sort of situation health-care advocates like Paul Brunet are tired of hearing about.

“It has become almost something very ordinary on the part of bureaucrats to tell us that, ‘Well, we’re sorry, but we’re not going to treat you for a life or death

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