MNU President Sandi Mowat Responds to WRHA Mandatory OT Claims

Publish date: Thursday, March 22, 2018

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"It is beyond frustrating that the WRHA and Health Minister have decided to blame the flu season for the extraordinary spike in mandatory overtime occurring at St. Boniface Hospital. Although seasonal variations are normal, it does not explain why nurses were forced to work more OT in the first three months of 2018 than they did for all of 2017.

“The biggest spikes in mandatory OT – which have been at least 6 times higher this year than in January and February of 2017 – are most evident in departments that do not handle flu patients. The Woman & Child Program, which includes Labour & Delivery, experienced an increase of at least 5 times, while the surgery program experienced a staggering increase of 22 times more mandatory OT incidences.

“It is disingenuous at best for the WRHA and Minister of Health to claim that the incredible spike in mandatory OT is not related to their changes and cuts. The fact of the matter is that St. Boniface Hospital is now being forced to deal with patient volumes up to 5 times higher than originally projected. Nurses have been left in the dark throughout this process and we still don’t have a clear picture of what to expect. Unless a concerted effort and significant investments are made to support nurses in their roles, we believe that Phase II of the WRHA’s transformation plan will severely compromise patient care.”

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