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Delayed payout to federal nurses could be 'enormous': lawyer

Underpaid nurses should have been recognized years ago, critics say

Canadian taxpayers are facing a huge, unexpected bill for as much as $200 million in back pay owed to hundreds of nurses employed by the federal government, the nurses' lawyer estimates.

The nurses have been doing medical assessments on Canadians who applied for disability payments under the Canada Pension Plan.

"We are all registered nurses, and we need to be recognized and respected for that," said Adele McLean, a B.C. nurse who has worked for the government for a decade.

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