Why Ontario’s call to other provinces for extra nurses may well go unanswered


Ontario’s call for other provinces to send extra nurses is “likely” to go unanswered because they face their own shortages, the Canadian Nurses Association president said. “I think it will be difficult for many of the provinces to be able to spare people to send to Ontario,” Tim Guest told CTV’s Your Morning on Monday from Halifax. As severely ill COVID-19 patients are being hospitalized in Ontario in higher numbers than ever, leaders are desperate to bring in nurses to deal with the record-breaking third wave that threatens to overrun the province’s health-care system. Guest said the situation is dire, as some COVID-19 patients need extra care. “Critical care nurses are telling us that some of these patients are so sick that they really require the care of two or three nurses. Yet, some nurses are looking after three of them.” So far, Newfoundland and Labrador has publicly agreed to help. But Guest said Atlantic provinces such as New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are in a tough spot, as they have their own nursing shortages.

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