Ontario plans to deploy hundreds of international graduate nurses to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic
Ontario plans to deploy hundreds of international graduate nurses to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic as thousands of hospital staff are calling in sick and being absent at work. The staffing shortage is also due to staff members isolating themselves. This decision is made as hospitalizations are expected to peak in early February.
More than 300 nurses are immediately deployed to the hospitals with staffing shortages. Ontario Health CEO Matthew Anderson said on Tuesday that these nurses are deployed to care for patients under supervision and work toward obtaining their licenses in the province.
These staff members will be among the 6,000 additional health workers which also includes nursing students, medical students and other health care program students. All of them will join by March 31 to join the efforts to beat the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Every nurse is important. Every person we can reach on the front lines of care makes a difference,” said Anderson, whose office coordinates the many parts of Ontario’s health care system.
But opponents pointed out that the average number of nurses per hospital in the 300 hospitals is only six, and questioned why it took Prime Minister Doug Ford’s government nearly two years to make this move, at a time when hundreds of people at major hospitals cannot work.