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Surgeries cancelled due to threat of strike

Strike scares caused 32 elective surgeries to be cancelled in the Capital District Health Authority yesterday.

Strike scares caused 32 elective surgeries to be cancelled in the Capital District Health Authority yesterday.

Capital Health was freeing up space to deal with a potential overflow if rural health workers couldn’t reach an agreement with the government. In the end, the strike lasted only 90 minutes.

“I would say things are returning to normal. We’re not fully back to regular operations yet, but getting there,” said Capital Health spokesman John Gillis yesterday.

Gillis said there was some overflow from the Bridgewater area, which metro hospitals were able to handle.

Capital Health workers were not directly involved in the union negotiations.

Surgery schedules will return to normal starting today. Gillis said the time needed to reschedule the cancelled surgeries will be dependent upon the procedure.

“It will be up to the individual surgeons of those patients who were affected today to reschedule those (surgeries),” he said.