Windsor Regional Hospital announced Tuesday it will cut 166 jobs over the next year as it grapples with a $20-million funding shortfall.

The majority of the cuts will be registered nurses, David Musyj, the hospital's president and CEO said Tuesday. To help lessen the blow of the cuts, the hospital plans to hire about 80 registered practical nurses, who are cheaper to employ.

Criticizing the job cuts, the Ontario Nurses Association quickly turned its attention to the provincial government, blaming politicians for creating unnecessary budget pressures in hospitals.

"The government is forcing the hospital's hands to make these changes and these changes are not good for Ontarians," said Susan Summerdyke, the ONA bargaining unit president at Windsor Regional Hospital. "They're not going to be good in the future and they're not going to be good now."

Musyj provided a breakdown of the staffing changes, saying 120 registered nurse positions will be eliminated. The other 46 positions will be a mix of staff including administrative positions.

Windsor Regional's Met campus switched to an all-RN model 12 years ago, saying it was the best for patient care. The Ouellete campus stuck with a mix of about 83 per cent RNs with the rest being RPNs.

​Many of the positions being cut will come through attrition, Musyj said.

Musyj said the hospital currently employs about 1,550 registered nurses and 180 registered practical nurses across its two campuses.


  • This story has been updated to clarify the fact that while the hospital is eliminating 166 positions, the estimated net reduction of staff will likely be closer to half that figure.
    Jan 12, 2016 2:33 PM ET
With files from the CBC's Joana Draghici