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NAPE Says Staffing Issues Creating Potentially Dangerous Conditions at Long-Term Care Homes

NAPE is sounding the alarm on staffing issues in the province's Long-Term Care Homes following numerous disturbing reports about unsafe and untenable working conditions from members in recent days.

NAPE President Jerry Earle said, "over the past year, our union has been speaking out and holding demonstrations across the province about our concerns regarding the state of long-term care in this province."

The union cited constant staffing issues, inability to access leave, forced overtime, and working short have caused significant stress and strain on members adding that they are at a breaking point.

Earle added that, “... members in long-term care don’t know when they leave for their shift if they will be doing their scheduled eight-hour shifts or if they will be doing 12, 16, or 24 hours."

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