Nurses Protest On Family Day

Sunday February 14th, 2016

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Local front-line registered nurses spent the Family Day holiday holding information pickets at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Metropolitan and Ouellette sites to educate the community about the impact of RN cuts.

Windsor Regional Hospital announced last month that it is cutting 169 RN positions to help balance its budget. The cuts impact almost every program by way of direct layoffs, not filling vacant positions, reduction in care hours, replacing RNs with Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs), or the closure of full programs.

The affected RNs are due to receive layoff notices on Family Day.

“The message the employer and government are sending is that money matters more than the evidence that shows negative health outcomes for patients when RNs are cut,” says Sue Sommerdyk, Bargaining Unit President. “The government needs to stop sitting silently by as RN care is cut out of our hospitals.”

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