Health workers in crisis

By Rosalind Russell – The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions says a new poll paints a worrying picture about the staffing crisis in Northern Ontario hospitals.  

The union says 58 per cent of staff say they “dread going to work,” and over 80 per cent report high stress levels.  

Secretary-treasurer Sharon Richer also says two in five members are contemplating leaving their jobs over the next year. She says a few concerns are staffing levels and working conditions.   

Richer says they’re looking to discuss staff-patient ratios and more full-time work with the Ontario Hospital Association – along with more government funding for staff compensation.  

The province has said over 60,000 new nurses have been hired since 2018, along with 8,000 new physicians.

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