Union calls Halifax hospital emergency department ‘revolving door’ of staff – CTV

Jan. 14, 2023

HALIFAX – As pressure continues to mount on hospital emergency rooms in Nova Scotia, staffing levels at a major Halifax emergency department are being described as a “revolving door” of junior and inexperienced employees by their union.
The characterization is contained in a letter sent last week by Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union president Sandra Mullen to the CEO of Nova Scotia’s health authority Karen Oldfield.

Mullen said in the Jan. 9 letter that staff initially drawn to the department at the Halifax Infirmary by a $5,000 recruitment bonus quickly leave when they realize they could be risking their license because patient loads don’t allow them to meet their standards of practice.

She said staff are “desperate” for changes within the department and she forwarded a list of 59 suggestions to address areas including ER staffing levels, recruitment and retention, security and morale.

Read more: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/union-calls-halifax-hospital-emergency-department-revolving-door-of-staff-1.6230918

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