HALDIMAND-NORFOLK, ON, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Public Health Nurses working
for the Corporation of Norfolk County's health unit say they are deeply
concerned with the impact on the community of the decision to close
health and social services offices between Christmas and New Year's,
Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN,
says closing the health unit leaves vulnerable residents with no
support during a traditionally difficult time of year for new mothers
and babies and those suffering from mental illness.
"Saving money at the expense of the health and well-being of the
community is simply outrageous," she says. "Our nurses in their role as
advocates for the community have proposed several other options,
including having just a skeletal staff of nurses working in a few key
areas such as the Healthy Babies/Healthy Children program, but the
County has outright refused to compromise. Our clients and the entire
community deserve better than this."
The Public Health Nurses want to continue to work to ensure that the
clients who need their skills and expertise can access them throughout
"Christmas can be a very sad, depressing time of year for some folks,"
says Haslam-Stroud. "The season can trigger serious depression and
thoughts of suicide. The proposed closure would see the health and
social services offices closed for six straight days, leaving this
vulnerable population with one more door closed to them. The costs of a
six-day closure will be borne by our clients and it's just a short-term
solution to save money."
Haslam-Stroud is urging residents to voice their disapproval to county
councilors and the provincial government.
"Depression, newborns and even disease outbreaks don't consult a
calendar," says Haslam-Stroud. "Public Health Nurses are there for good
reason - to monitor and protect the communities they serve."
ONA is the union representing 60,000 front-line registered nurses, nurse
practitioners, registered practical nurses and allied health
professionals as well as more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates
providing care in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public
health, the community, industry and clinics.
SOURCE: Ontario Nurses' Association
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