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Kitchener Hospital Cuts Registered Nurses to Save Money in Wake of Hospital Nurse Wage Boosts

Updated: Dec 24, 2023

October 20, 2023

KITCHENER, ON., October 20, 2023 – St. Mary’s General Hospital is the first out of the gate to cut its roster of registered nurses (RNs) in a bid to save money after an arbitrator awarded a long-overdue catch up in hospital nurse wages this summer, exploiting the remaining nurses and putting patient care at risk.

“In Doug Ford’s Ontario, there is no end to the sneaky ways that will be used to disrespect registered nurses and erode our public health care,” says Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Provincial President Erin Ariss, RN. “After a years-long fight for decent wage increases to help address workforce retention, the Ford government’s failure to fund public hospitals appropriately is now resulting in hospital CEOs looking at cutting RN positions to balance the books.”

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