Ontario Nurses' Association Appalled at Hotel-Dieu Decision: Move to ignore Dupont jury recommendations is scandalous



    TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is appalled
by the decision of Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital to not endorse the coroner's jury
recommendations stemming from the inquest into the murder of Lori Dupont, RN
in the facility.
    "ONA has long contended that the health and safety of nurses and other
staff is low on the list of priorities for this hospital," said President
Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, "but this decision will leave our members shaken. The
coroner's jury has developed a thoughtful and very doable list of
recommendations to ensure that the Lori Dupont tragedy is not repeated. By
voting to not endorse the recommendations, the hospital is thumbing its nose
at a jury that spent 11 weeks carefully examining the evidence, and also at
registered nurses, and in essence saying that Lori's death meant nothing."
    Lori Dupont, RN, was brutally stabbed to death by a physician in the
recovery room of Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in November, 2005. ONA pushed hard
for the coroner to conduct an inquest. Testimony revealed an organization that
failed to understand its obligation to keep its staff safe from harassment and
harm, and to ensure a safe workplace. It also revealed that the physician had
a long history of harassing registered nurses and other staff, and of
inappropriate outbursts. In one incident, he fractured the finger of an
operating room nurse in a fit of anger.
    "The message that this decision sends to registered nurses is that their
safety doesn't matter," added Haslam-Stroud. "ONA believes that while the
hospital is trying to bury the hard work of the jury, we'll continue to work
with our members and members of the Windsor community - including Lori's
family - to ensure that the jury's recommendations are implemented across the
province, not just at Hotel-Dieu."

    ONA is the union representing 53,000 front-line registered nurses and
allied health professionals working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care
facilities, public health, the community and industry.





For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association: Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, Cellular: (416) 986-8240; Melanie Levenson, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2369


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