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The letter, addressed to "fellow Ontarians," says emergency departments are once again in crisis, not because of a lack of ventilators or beds, but because of a severe shortage of nurses. Dr. Christopher Keefer, who works in emergency medicine, wrote the letter and described the response from his colleagues as "remarkable."
"Doctors are really seeing our nursing colleagues suffering," Keefer told CBC News.
He pointed to the province providing four months of pandemic pay to front-line workers, including nurses, last year, which averaged $3,560 on top of existing wages. It also has invested over $52 million to recruit, retain and support health-care workers through the pandemic.
The umbrella union that represents 76,000 nurses across the province is currently running a publicity campaign aimed at drawing attention to their conditions.
The union is demanding more nurses be hired and salaries increased.
"We're also advising the government to listen to our solutions," Roberto Bomba, the Union Executive Committee Member of the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec, (FIQ) told Global News.