Canada: Little Improvement in Medical Wait Times

Editor’s note: Monday’s story was first published Aug. 31, 2010 (FoxNews.com) Months after food poisoning at a Mount Royal University gastrointestinal centre in Alberta sickened more than 150 people, the province says the number…

Canada: Little Improvement in Medical Wait Times

Editor’s note: Monday’s story was first published Aug. 31, 2010

(FoxNews.com) Months after food poisoning at a Mount Royal University gastrointestinal centre in Alberta sickened more than 150 people, the province says the number of people waiting for surgical procedures has stabilized at 81,600.

The provincial government said Sunday that since last June, when it announced a three-point plan to control food-borne outbreaks, the number of people waiting for surgeries has decreased by as much as half.

The government set a four-year plan last August to combat health problems stemming from restaurants and large catering companies. The plan is designed to “produce a cycle of inspection at every stage of the food-contact system.”

The story of how the outbreak of norovirus originated at a culinary school is currently before the courts. A lawsuit was filed on behalf of the parents of two children who died in the 2009 COVID outbreak. It’s being heard in Edmonton courts in relation to a request for an injunction filed by the Alberta government.

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