Hundreds of hospital beds closed in Montreal for summer

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As summer staff shortages begin to be felt throughout the health network, hospitals are being forced to close hospital beds.

Radio-Canada reports across Quebec, no less than 553 beds will be shut down in the coming weeks.

The majority of those beds are in Montreal — 80 beds are being closed at facilities under Montreal's south-central regional health board (CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal), and another 77 are being closed at the MUHC.

A spokesperson for the board says the summer is usually the least busy time of the year for health profesisonals, and despite an ongoing staff shortage, the beds are being closed down to allow staff to take vacations — and get refreshed and recharged.