Vancouver General’s ER care is subpar. The staff knows it:

Emergency patients at Vancouver General Hospital are being told by their physicians that they can no longer guarantee “safe, timely and appropriate emergency care.”

The blunt warning is contained in unsigned letters being handed out to patients this week, and is said to represent the views of “a majority of the emergency physicians working at [VGH].”

The doctors say their ability to provide care is being compromised by increased overcrowding and stressful working conditions.

Too many patients are being left to languish, sometimes for days, in the emergency department’s waiting room, hallways and triage area because acute-care hospital beds are full, they say.

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