Cuts to nurses in long term care homes
Nurses in Quebec are speaking out about major cuts in long term care homes across the province. They say the number of nurses in long term care centres is 50% less than it was in the 80s.
One long term care home said it only had one overnight nurse to care for nearly two hundred patients.
“Can you imagine if there was an emergency and there’s only one nurse taking care of these patients? It becomes unbearable,” Roberto Bomba, Executive with the Fédération Interprofessionel de la Santé du Québec (FIQ), told CJAD.
“If there is more than one emergency we’re forced to send patients by ambulance to the ER, and it becomes a vicious circle because we’re trying to help them but often they come back from the hospital worse than when we sent them off.”
Health Minister Réjean Hébert addressed the issue in the National Assembly saying long term care centres do not need more nurses because orderlies can do the job.
The FIQ says they need licensed and registered nurses to respond to patients needs.
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