Liberal government actions are threatening healthcare services in the Quinte region. Cuts to healthcare have threatened services at local hospitals including Trenton and Belleville.
The latest salvo in this attack on services was the reduction of nurses across the Quinte Healthcare Corporation with specific reductions in nurses who see patients at Belleville General and Trenton Memorial Hospitals.
The reduction forced by the Liberal government will result in a reduction of ten percent of the nurses at Quinte Healthcare, that’s 58 nurses.
That means that seven full-time and three part-time nurses will no longer be seeing patients on the floor at Belleville General.
It means that six full-time and two part-time will no longer be seeing patients on the floor at Trenton Memorial.
It means that one nursing team leader will no longer be on the floor at each of those hospitals.
The reason given for these cuts is the government and Quinte Healthcare have said that they’re moving toward an inter-professional staffing model.
The government has also said that it is moving to more services being based in the community. Except the numbers don’t back that up either.
Many part-time nurses at the hospitals also offer nursing services at Hastings Manor and other Long Term Care facilities in the area. But these very facilities are understaffed and the government has told that administration that there is no more money.
Nursing advocates have stated that homecare services in the community simply cannot be delivered in a timely matter.
Patients in Quinte deserve proper healthcare services. Not nursing cuts without a homecare safety net. Not understaffed hospital floors.
Patients in Quinte deserve front line services not state of the art LHIN offices.
Thank you, Speaker.