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Pandemic 'Heroes' Pay the Price as Hospitals Cut Registered Nurses to Balance Budgets

Lakeridge Health the latest to announce RN layoffsOSHAWA, ON, Sept. 11, 2020 /CNW/ - Yet another Ontario hospital has issued lay-off notices to front-line registered nurses (RNs) a?? the very nurses hailed as heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pandemic 'Heroes' Pay the Price as Hospitals Cut Registered Nurses to Balance Budgets
Lakeridge Health has informed the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) that it is cutting eight full-time and six part-time RNs from several of its units as it seeks to balance its budget. ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN, has expressed anger that employers are undertaking a round of RN cuts during a pandemic that is far from over."News of still more RN layoffs is incredibly disappointing and disheartening," says McKenna. "This is the second time in the space of a week that a large Greater Toronto Area hospital is opting to put money over care. Lakeridge Health is cutting RNs who provide high quality care to patients in the acute medicine unit, surgical program and most alarmingly, the infectious disease clinic. It's truly outrageous that this is the route that management is taking to balance the budget and the residents of Durham Region who rely on Lakeridge for their health-care needs should be very alarmed."
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