Ontario Nurses' Association Awaits Ministry of Labour Investigation Results Following the Death of an RN at London Health Sciences Centre



    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), the union
representing 54,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals, is
awaiting results of a Ministry of Labour investigation into the death of a
registered nurse at London's Health Sciences Centre.
    "The death of this valued ONA member is a tragedy," says ONA President
Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "Our hearts go out to the nurse's family, friends and
colleagues.
    "We are confident that the Ministry of Labour is conducting a full
investigation to determine if this nurse's death was related to an
occupational exposure," she says.
    In the meantime, Haslam-Stroud says that ONA is "working with the
employer to ensure that every reasonable precaution is being taken to protect
our registered nurses, including providing information and instruction to
workers to protect them from any workplace hazard."
    She notes that, "registered nurses are routinely exposed to communicable
diseases in their daily work lives."

    ONA is the union representing 54,000 registered nurses and allied health
professionals working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health,
the community, clinics and industry. ONA is celebrating 35 years of nursing
advocacy - a proud past, a powerful future.





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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