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Quinte Health Care Cuts 33 Full-Time, 12 Part-Time Registered Nurses, Risks Patient Safety

November 20, 2015

Read Linda Haslam-Stroud's OpEd about Quinte Health Care Cuts

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.

"Throwing around expressions such as "changing the interprofessional care model" and "supporting the senior-friendly hospital strategy" to announce devastating RN cuts to units at Quinte Health Care sites is just an attempt to fool the community into believing that patient care will not suffer," said Haslam-Stroud. "In fact, the loss of a total of 33 full-time and 12 part-time registered nurses is the loss of almost 100,000 hours of hands-on, RN care per year for our patients - plain and simple."

Haslam-Stroud said the cuts to RNs are occurring across three sites, with RNs cut from Trenton Memorial Hospital's emergency department, operating room and recovery room, RNs cut from Belleville's complex continuing care rehab, medicine unit and rehab day hospital, surgical unit, infection control and newly formed Women/Children unit, and RNs cut from Picton's endoscopy unit and in-patient unit.

"Registered nurses know that the research is clear," says Haslam-Stroud. "Our patients suffer more bed sores, ulcers, pneumonia, sepsis, cardiac arrest and even death as RN care is cut. No matter what magical language QHC management invents, the fact remains that RN cuts result in higher rates of complications and even death for our patients. This community should be up in arms and express their outrage to the hospital, LHIN, MPP, Health Minister and Premier."

ONA is the union representing 60,000 front-line registered nurses and allied health professionals as well as more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates providing care in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, industry and clinics.

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For more information: Ontario Nurses’ Association

Sheree Bond (416) 964-8833, ext. 2430; cell: (416) 986-8240; shereeb@ona.org
Melanie Levenson (416) 964-8833, ext. 2369; melaniel@ona.org

Visit us at: www.ona.org; www.Facebook.com/OntarioNurses; www.Twitter.com/OntarioNurses

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