Hallway medicine unfortunately has become somewhat of a normative situation in Canadian healthcare -except now the narrative has changed to blame Covid. Whereas before we would treat patients in overflow and not make such a big fuss about it (don’t want to draw attention to the problem) now politicians happily point out the problem because they can blame Covid.
Jay Cameron, the Litigation Director at the Justice Centre had the following to say about the situation:
“Quarantine, particularly of healthy or asymptomatic individuals, is the functional equivalent of house arrest and the Justice Centre will not allow it to continue unchallenged,” he stated. “The forced isolation of Canadians contravenes multiple Charter protections, are unnecessary and are not a minimal impairment of Canadians’ constitutional rights and freedoms. They are an oppressive overreach from a government that has lost sight of the restrictions on its power”.