Matane, Que. hospital suspends maternity ward services for a week

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The Matane hospital has been unable to offer obstetrics services for 70 days since the start of the year.  (Jean-François Deschênes - image credit)
The Matane hospital has been unable to offer obstetrics services for 70 days since the start of the year. (Jean-François Deschênes - image credit)

An ongoing nursing shortage has forced the Matane hospital to halt its childbirth services once again.

Obstetric care at the Matane hospital will be interrupted from Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. to Sept. 15 at 8 a.m., according to the Bas-Saint-Laurent Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS).

The latest interruption in obstetrics comes just five days after the department resumed services following a shutdown during the last week of August.

Pregnant women in Matane will be able to give birth at the Rimouski hospital during this period.

The suspension marks the eighth time—and a total of 70 days—obstetric services at the hospital have stopped since the beginning of the year.

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