Doctors Manitoba says the province's surgical and diagnostic backlog grew by an estimated 100 cases a day last month to a total of 152,000 procedures.
"Physicians continue to be very concerned, especially as we see cardiac surgeries cancelled due to the strain on our healthcare system from the fourth wave," Doctors Manitoba president Dr. Kristjan Thompson said in a statement.
"Making these patients wait and delaying their definitive care suggests that our health system is again at a tipping point."
During the entire pandemic period, there have been 208 fewer cardiac surgeries performed compared to normal pre-pandemic volumes, according to the physicians' association.
Doctors Manitoba estimates there are 152,116 backlogged cases, including:
- 56,181 surgeries;
- 42,931 diagnostic imaging procedures;
- 53,004 other diagnostic procedures, including allergy tests, endoscopies, mammograms and sleep disorder studies.