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LETTER: Horwath is out of touch on nursing issue

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Regarding the article in the Strathroy Age Dispatch regarding NDP leader Andrea Horwath’s demand for fast action on nursing shortages. It seems that most of our politicians are that out of touch with reality.

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Agreed, we had a chronic shortage before 2019, as well as longer than acceptable waits for medical testing and necessary procedures and surgeries. That was because of federal funding cutbacks.

But from there Horwath loses touch with anything factual.

Our nurses are not “quitting” because of wage disputes, although PSWs did receive a recent substantial pay raise and nurses didn’t.

For the past two years, these frontline workers have been pressed beyond endurance, with no thought for themselves, with little personal protection, with extra shifts, incredible stress levels at work, and patient to nurse ratios that are absolutely unsustainable. They go home in tears because of all the patient care left undone at the end of the day.

To show how much they “respect and value them”, most hospitals are following unscientific and discriminatory federal mandates, and nurses are being fired by the dozens because they chose to exercise their freedom of medical choice.

To be the blame on previous governments or wage disputes is ridiculous. Our nurses are amazing. Whatever your opinion on these vaccines, and you are entitled to disagree, who will staff our hospitals and look after you when you need care or surgeries?

To publish such a slanted article is misleading.

Patricia Boucher

Strathroy

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