The shortage of nurses in our province has reached a crisis that is spiraling out of control. Throughout the past 22 months of this pandemic, health-care workers across Ontario – especially nurses – have selflessly cared for the people of Ontario while risking their own health and safety and that of their loved ones. They are exhausted and burnt out. They are leaving their jobs. Many have gone to work in other jurisdictions, while some have left the profession altogether.
Join us and call on the premier to immediately #RepealBill124. Tell your MPP to do the same. On Dec. 7, RNAO asked all MPPs to #StandWithNurses and call for the repeal of Bill 124. Check our pledge page to see whether your MPP has signed. If they haven’t already pledged their support for nurses and called for the repeal of Bill 124, let them know by phone, email and Twitter that you expect them do so. You can find your MPP and their contact information online.
From the onset of the pandemic, front-line nurses have spoken loudly and clearly about the profound unfairness of Bill 124 and the detrimental impact the bill has had on their work and lives. Bill 124, which caps salary increases at one per cent – far lower than the rate of inflation – symbolizes what is wrong with Ontario’s approach to the nursing profession. It is an important reason why many RNs are leaving for better opportunities elsewhere. Our government has refused to listen and has stood idly by as nurses walk away.
Since December 2020, RNAO has raised the alarm of an impending nursing crisis that will compromise patient safety and the functioning of our health system. We are now in that crisis. Surgeries and procedures are being cancelled and patient safety is at risk daily. We are calling – with urgency – for measures that support building nursing careers in Ontario. The repeal of Bill 124 is the first step needed to rebuild our profession and secure safe care and better health outcomes for Ontarians.
Join us! Call on the premier to immediately #RepealBill124. And, please, make sure your MPP knows that you expect them to #StandWithNurses.
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