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Nurse Shortage Threatens Care, says Report

The severe nursing shortage in Canada is compromising patient care and safety, says a recently released report.

It blames under-funding of the public health system for the problem. The report, commissioned last year jointly by provincial and federal health ministers, was applauded by healthcare unions and patient advocacy groups.

Representatives for the Hospital Employees Union say years of chronic under-funding and cuts to healthcare budgets have led to reduced staff, fewer services and lower wages and poorer working conditions in the health sector across the country. This, they say, is the basis of the nursing shortage.

A variety of labour, patient and public health groups are planning an appeal to the health ministers, scheduled to meet this week in Banff, Alberta, to restore public funding to healthcare and abandon efforts to sell off health facilities and programs to private for-profit firms, especially those not based in Canada.

The report contains over 50 recommendations on how to address the nursing shortage. The ministers will discuss these when they meet.

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