LOCAL RN CUTS
ATIKOKAN GENERAL HOSPITAL
Despite a chronic nursing shortage resulting in 60 to 70-hour work weeks for many RNs, the hospital recently announced three more RNs would be cut. Read more here
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BLUEWATER HEALTH HOSPITAL
RN cuts were announced at Bluewater Health Hospital, adding to 39 RN cuts last year. Read more here
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GEORGIAN BAY GENERAL HOSPITAL
Georgian Bay General Hospital is considering cuts to services that wil adversely impact patient care. Read more here
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North Bay Regional Health Centre announced dramatic cuts, including to RN care, in September 2015. Read more here
QUINTE HEALTH CARE
Since March 2015, Quinte Health Care announced the elimination of 63 full-time and 44 part-time RNs. The cuts affect most programs across four hospitals. In many cases, RN care is being replaced by RPNs. 2,400 surgeries are being moved from Trenton Memorial Hospital to Belleville General hospital. Cuts represent 20 per cent of the RN complement and over 175,000 nursing care hours.
Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, says that the management of Quinte Health Care has invented a new magical language to paint a prettier picture of its cuts to registered nurses that threaten the safety of patients needing care.
Background: (November, 2015) Quinte Health Care Cuts 33 Full-Time, 12 Part-Time Registered Nurses, Risks Patient Safety
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Please contact the local MPPs: Lou Rinadi, MPP forNorthhumberland–Quinte West: 905-372-4000 or 613-475-1040, email@example.com and Todd Smith, MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings: 613-962-1144, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Runnymede Healthcare Centre
(January, 2016) Runnymede Healthcare Centre plans to cut half of their RNs, removing a staggering 41,000 hours of RN care per year, despite an 8.5 per cent budget surplus. Read the details here.
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ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTHCARE, HAMILTON
(Feb. 2, 2016) St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton is cutting 61 registered nurse (RN) positions, putting patients at risk. The widespread cuts in units that include: recovery room, neo-natal intensive care, operating room, nephrology (kidney program), cardiology, acute mental health, complex care, respirology, pre-surgery assessment, dialysis, day surgery, medicine, medical rehab and geriatric outreach. Of particular concern are the introduction of RPNs into the recovery room, which is a critical care area requiring the advanced assessment and clinical skills of RNs for these unpredictable patients. ONA believes there is a place for RNs and RPNs in the health care system, however the gutting of RN positions and forcing RPNs to care for unpredictable, complex patients is putting their nursing licenses at risk. Read the full media release here.
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WINDSOR REGIONAL HOSPITAL
Windsor Regional Hospital announced massive cuts to its registered nurse (RN) staff. About 169 RN positions, including full- and part-time jobs, are being cut. This includes five nurse practitioners (NPs). The cuts will affect just about every program and represent the loss of more than 300,000 hours of care, and about 10% of the RNs serving the Windsor community.