Bed shortage blamed after Winnipeg patient with MS unwillingly moved to COVID ward


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Despite the fact he didn't have COVID-19, and his repeated requests to stay in the Health Sciences Centre emergency department, Vince Mancini was sent to a COVID outbreak ward when he was hospitalized in May 2022. (Ian Froese/CBC)

A Winnipeg hospital overwhelmed with more patients than it had capacity for sent a man who didn’t have COVID-19, but lives with multiple sclerosis, into an outbreak ward where he says he shouldn’t have been.

After nearly two days in an emergency department bed at Health Sciences Centre, waiting to be admitted, Vince Mancini pleaded with medical staff not to move him into an area of the hospital where he was more likely to contract COVID-19.

Mancini doesn’t know why his pleas were dismissed, but he suspects the hospital had no other beds.

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