Ottawa area hospitals are short 247 nurses. Andrea Horwath was in Ottawa Tuesday to announce a plan to fill those vacant jobs, then start adding 2,050 more nurses so people in Ottawa get care faster.
“We can stop the waiting and the crowding if we stop the cuts, and staff up in health care,” said Horwath. “When your dad goes to the emergency room with chest pain, he should get medical attention and comfort fast. If you have to rush your child to the ER, you want someone to take a look right away. Together, we can make that happen.”
Horwath and the NDP have a plan to hire 30,000 nurses, and 10,000 personal support workers. That includes filling 247 current nurse vacancies in Ottawa hospitals, and hiring another 2,050 nurses for the city within the first term.
The NDP’s plan to recruit, retain and return nurses includes:
- Scrapping Ford’s low wage policy, Bill 124, and increasing wages.
- Creating new jobs for late-career and recently retired nurses to mentor and supervise new hires.
- Addressing violence against health care workers.
- Expediting recognition of nursing credentials of 15,000 internationally trained nurses so they can get to work in their field faster.
Horwath and the NDP will also ease pressure on hospitals with universal mental health care and dental coverage.