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Tuesday January 12th, 2016

Posted at 3:32pm

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Windsor Regional Hospital will be cutting more than a hundred full-time nursing jobs due to funding and revenue issues.

Officials say the cuts, announced Tuesday afternoon, will end the hospital’s all-RN staffing at one site — the result of a new government hospital funding formula that officials say punishes it for being a slow-growth community.

Ontario Nurses’ Association President Linda Haslam-Stroud says that patients will pay the price following the hospital’s announcement. “I am deeply disappointed but not surprised to hear that yet more skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated registered nurses are being deleted from this hospital,” she said. “Doing so flies in the face of the research showing the direct link between RN cuts and an increased risk of patients of suffering complications and even death.”

But the hospital plans to create registered practical nurse, or RPN, positions to offset the loss of RN’s.

Windsor regional currently employs approximately 1,550 RN’s between its two campuses.

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