NDP Leader sends support message to Lewisporte nurses
As nurses and supporters gather in Lewisporte, NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) sends them her support.
“I was very sorry I was unable to accept the invitation to participate in their demonstration,” Michael said today. “In response to their invitation, however, I was happy to send a message to the nurses.”
The Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses’ Union organized today’s demonstration to protest Central Health’s plans for staffing the new Lewisporte Health Centre. The centre is designed to provide health services for 15 communities; this includes 47 long-term care beds and a bungalow which will house 12 patients with dementia.
On weekend and night-time shifts, Central Health plans to schedule just one registered nurse to supervise care for the 59 residential patients as well as any emergencies that come into the clinic.
“Registered nurses are the core of our health care system,” read Michael’s message. “They fill a unique role in our hospitals and other health centres, independently providing care for the full range of patients – and I appreciate how wide that range can be.
“In addition to the 47 long-term care residents and the 12 people in the dementia bungalow, the new centre will provide a full range of emergency services for the residents of 15 communities. I am appalled to hear the employer’s plan to have just one registered nurse overseeing all this activity for so much of the week.
“It is incredible to me that one nurse would be tasked with managing all this. Registered nurses are remarkable people, and I know you are capable of a great deal, but I feel this is too much to ask on an ongoing basis.
“I wish you all the best in your struggle, and join you in calling on Central Health to put patients first.”