BC Liberals spread lies about healthcare staffing levels

May 31, 2022 at 12:22 pm  Politics, Provincial

The BC Liberals have falsely claimed that Statistics Canada numbers show that there are fewer people working in hospitals since before the pandemic.

The 10,000 workers referenced by the BC Liberals reflects an adjustment in how Statistics Canada classifies the data and not an actual change in employment.

Between June and July 2020, Statistics Canada reclassified their data to remove 7,391 workers from the “Hospitals” category and add them to the “Outpatient Care Centres Grouping” (light blue highlight).

Statistics Canada Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours, 2020

Setting 20-Jan 20-Feb 20-Mar 20-Apr 20-May 20-Jun 20-Jul 20-Aug 20-Sep 20-Oct 20-Nov 20-Dec 22-Feb
Ambulatory health care services 86,281 85,394 80,665 63,957 65,157 74,841 88,207 90,902 92,188 93,685 95,306 97,277 102,264
Out-patient care centres 16,054 15,759 15,669 15,082 14,639 14,335 21,638 23,091 23,234 23,935 24,052 24,477 24,114
Hospitals 88,281 86,856 87,000 83,942 82,739 84,534 77,143 75,815 75,770 77,819 78,078 79,197 78,419
TOTAL 190,616 188,009 183,334 162,981 162,535 173,710 186,988 189,808 191,192 195,439 197,436 200,951   204,797

Despite being reclassified by StatCan, these workers are doing the same jobs. The BC Liberals have manipulated the StatCan data by only using the category from which workers were removed.

Under the new groupings, both Hospital and Outpatient Care Centre employment has grown in the intervening months to February 2022. In fact, StatCan data shows BC experienced the highest growth in health employment of any of the provinces between 2020 and 2021.

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