Staff shortage continues to plague Vitalite Health Network

Vitalite Health Network CEO - Gilles Lanteigne

The Vitalite Health Network continues to struggle to fill job vacancies.

CEO Gilles Lanteigne says there are currently 345 vacant positions within the network, mostly nursing-related.

Lanteigne recently told the province's Standing Committee on Crown Corporations the network is being forced to consider the need for some services.

He says that when staffing is limited, its's sometimes better to group services together to maintain quality.

Langteigne says the network is also studying, what he calls, new technologies to help reduce the need for more nursing staff.

Over the past year, there have been more than fifteen services failures between the Vitalite and Horizon Health Networks, including the temporary shut-down of the obstetrics unit in Bathurst and palliative care unit in Campbellton.

The networks have seen an increase in absenteeism and sick leave as a result of staff shortages.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)