Nova Scotia

IWK job cuts concern nurses union president

The president of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union is concerned that patient care will be affected by upcoming IWK Health Centre job cuts.

The president of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union is concerned that patient care will be affected by upcoming job cuts at the IWK Health Centre.

The IWK has to make up a $6.6 million shortfall due to a provincial funding freeze.

Janet Hazelton said there needs to be more discussion with the IWK about how to best serve patient needs.

"I'm concerned about the whole models of care as it's being implemented in the entire province, not just at the IWK," said Hazelton.

"Fragmenting patients' care and having two and three caregivers look after one patient, has been proved time and time again not to be in the best interest of the patient."

Health boards across the province are working out plans to cut spending to deal with the funding freeze.

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