Health workers’ access to World Cup cut over patient care concerns

Vancouver health care workers watched so much World Cup soccer at work last week it threatened to impact patient care, according to a memo obtained by CTV News.

Shortly after the tournament opened Thursday in Brazil, officials noticed a major spike in web traffic on the network serving the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Providence Health Care and Provincial Health Services Authority.

“We have seen periods of excessive congestion on the internet feed during game times,” the memo to hospitals read. “This has the potential to directly impact patient care areas that rely on the network for their delivery of clinical care.”

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