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NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is not convinced that adding the extra job of collecting blood samples to the already-heavy workload of emergency room nurses will do anything to reduce wait times, as the minister indicated yesterday in the House of Assembly. Michael returned to the topic today during Question Period.

 
NDP Health Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Health & Community Services critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is mystified as to why government permitted Eastern Health to make an abrupt addition today to the duties of Registered Nurses at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s. Michael says assigning blood collection work to the highly-trained RNs, who already overworked, seems counterproductive.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says nurses in the province are overworked and underappreciated; she adds the situation has been going on for long enough that government should have developed some solutions.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

In Happy Valley-Goose Bay and in Bonavista overworked registered nurses are forced to shoulder the burden of extra work due to permanent and temporary vacancies. Nurses are even working twenty-four hour shifts because of this situation.

 
NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Health Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says government has a strange way of showing appreciation to some of its hardest, least acknowledged workers. Rogers says budget cuts affecting nurses will hit those in the profession hard.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the provincial government’s approach to health care – removing some of the most important workers – is baffling and can only lead to a deterioration in service for patients.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

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.”

 

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