The NSGEU will strike a working group to address concerns from nurses about the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s decision to strictly enforce a directive that requires patients be admitted to floors where there is no space for them when the hospital is in “Code Census.”
“It is unacceptable that patients are being crammed into hallways and, in some cases, are being double- and triple-bunked in rooms that may not have adequate equipment in place,” said 1st Vice President Sandra Mullen.
“Our hospitals are overcrowded, and as a result, the safety of patients and frontline staff is being put at risk.”
Based on the feedback we have received from members at a meeting held last night, the union has raised a number of questions and concerns with the employer, and together with Local 101 Executive and members, has developed a plan of action.
NSGEU staff, legal counsel and health care members will immediately strike a working committee to create recommendations and actions which will improve the situation created by ongoing Code Census at the hospitals. The NSGEU will also be sending letters outlining our members’ concerns to the Minister of Health & Wellness, Premier, and licensing bodies.
“We appreciate the ongoing advocacy of our members, and hope these actions will resolve some of the workload and safety concerns that are being raised,” said Mullen.
Source: Media Release