WATCH: MUHC nurses denounce budget cuts, warn of consequences for patients and staff
As the annual summer hospital bed closures begin, nurses at the MUHC are denouncing budget cuts and warning of consequences for patient care and staff if they continue.
The FIQ nurses union said $120-million have been cut from the MUHC budget since 2012 and that is taking its toll on services and the well-being of patients and workers. The union said 200 positions have been cut to date.
The union describes nurses who are overworked, stressed out and taking sick leave in record numbers.
The union said cuts have resulted in new equipment with no staff to operate them and patients being moved from the ER and stuffed into single bed rooms and hallways without the appropriate care.
The CAQ is supporting the union's 14,000 name petition asking for the cuts to stop and for more funding to prevent the situation from worsening.
The petition will be tabled and presented to the health minister in September.