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Stretchers are seen in the reflection of in an emergency room. Winnipeg’s health authority is investigating after two patients were sent home in taxis and died on their doorsteps in the dead of winter shortly after being discharged from hospital.
Stretchers are seen in the reflection of in an emergency room. Winnipeg’s health authority is investigating after two patients were sent home in taxis and died on their doorsteps in the dead of winter shortly after being discharged from hospital.
(Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)

How hospitals could reduce emergency wait times

No more ER waits.

That is the bold promise made by the Jewish General Hospital at the unveiling of its spiffy new emergency department, which will open officially on Feb. 16.

To be more precise, Dr. Marc Afilalo, head of emergency medicine at the venerable Montreal hospital, said every patient who walks into the ER will be seen within 20 minutes.