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RPN Professional Insurance

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News

‘Stretched to the max’ and ‘demoralized’: Nurse says hospital shortages are causing major problems in the healthcare system — CUPE 6364 President Pam Parks on CBC Radio Metro Morning

Click below to listen to CUPE 6364 President Pam Parks on CBC Radio's Metro Morning show discussing the recent hospital labour shortages in Ontario....

67% of Guelph hospital nurses, PSWs other staff physically assaulted at work as pandemic violence surges; new CUPE poll finds

GUELPH, ON – Guelph General Hospital registered practical nurses (RPNs), personal support workers (PSWs), cleaners, porters and clerical staff polled recently report that pandemic tensions are subjecting them to increasing violence at work. 67% of them report that...

67% of Huron Perth hospital nurses, PSWs other staff physically assaulted at work as pandemic violence surges; new CUPE poll finds

STRATFORD, ON – Huron Perth Health Alliance (HPHA)registered practical nurses (RPNs), personal support workers (PSWs), cleaners, porters and clerical staff polled recently report that pandemic tensions are subjecting them to increasing violence at work. 67% of them...

Thousands of Thunder Bay, Kenora, Sault nurses, PSWs, other staff subject to violence at work during pandemic; CUPE and Unifor say

NORTHERN ONTARIO– From hurled racial slurs to an oxygen tank projectile, pandemic tensions are subjecting hospital staff throughout northern Ontario high rates of workplace violence say the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Unifor. Jointly the two unions...

55% of Lakeridge hospital nurses, PSWs other staff physically assaulted at work as pandemic violence surges; new CUPE poll finds

OSHAWA, ON –Lakeridge Health Centre registered practical nurses (RPNs), personal support workers (PSWs), cleaners, porters and clerical staff polled recently report that pandemic tensions are subjecting them to increasing violence at work. 55% of them report that they...

53% of Peterborough/Lindsay hospital nurses, PSWs other staff report feeling depressed, emotionally exhausted as pandemic violence surges; new CUPE poll finds

PETERBOROUGH, ON – At both Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) and Ross Memorial Hospital, registered practical nurses (RPNs), personal support workers (PSWs), cleaners, porters and clerical staff polled report that pandemic tensions are subjecting some of the...

Widespread hospital closures demand urgent attention and real accountability

Unions representing 70,000 hospital workers issue open letters to the Ontario Hospital Association and the provincial government for full transparency and staff support to fix the worsening health human resource crisis in Ontario TORONTO, ON – Today, SEIU Healthcare...

North Bay hospital nurses, PSWs, other staff report high rates of violence, including 28% rise in assaults with weapons during pandemic; new CUPE poll

NORTH BAY, ON –Pandemic tensions are subjecting registered practical nurses (RPNs), personal support workers (PSWs) and other staff at North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) to high rates of workplace violence, a new poll shows. Polling conducted by Oracle Research...

Sudbury hospital nurses, PSWs, other staff subject to high rates of violence, including with weapons during pandemic; new CUPE poll finds

la version française suit SUDBURY, ON –Pandemic tensions are subjecting staff at Sudbury’s Health Sciences North (HSN) and other northern Ontario hospitals to high rates of workplace violence, a new poll shows. Polling conducted by Oracle Research on behalf of the...

Brampton hospital nurses, PSWs other staff subject to high rates of race-based violence at work; new CUPE poll finds

BRAMPTON, ON –Pandemic tensions are subjecting staff at Brampton’s hospitals to some of the highest rates of race-based and sexual harassment and assault-related violence province-wide, a new poll shows. Polling conducted by Oracle Research on behalf of the Canadian...

Race-based and sexual violence rates against Hamilton hospital staff – who are 90% female – among highest in Ontario; new CUPE poll finds

Hamilton, ON – A poll of more than 500 Hamilton area hospital staff reveals that pandemic tensions are subjecting them to some of the highest rates of race-based and sexual harassment and assault-related violence among hospital staff, province-wide. Polling conducted...

Letter from MPP France Gélinas to Dr. Kieran Moore, CMOH regarding Directive #5

Click below to read OCHU President Michael Hurley's original letter to Dr. Kieran Moore https://ochu.on.ca/2022/07/08/letter-to-the-office-of-chief-medical-officer-of-health-and-public-health-regarding-reinstating-directive-5/

Letter to the office of Chief Medical Officer of Health and Public Health Regarding Reinstating Directive #5

July 8, 2022 Dear Dr. Kieran Moore, I write to you as President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions-CUPE (OCHU), which represents over 40,000 members working in hospitals and long-term care facilities in Ontario. I request that you urgently reinstate Directive...

Brockville hospital staff subject to higher rates of physical violence, assaults with weapons compared to other parts of Ontario; new CUPE poll finds

BROCKVILLE, ON – Pandemic tensions and unprecedented hospital staffing shortages are fueling already high rates of violence – including sexual harassment and assaults - against Ontario’s mostly female hospital workforce- including at Brockville’s hospital, a new poll...

Kingston hospital staff subject to higher rates of physical violence, assaults with weapons compared to other parts of Ontario; new CUPE poll finds

KINGSTON, ON – Pandemic tensions and unprecedented hospital staffing shortages are fueling already high rates of violence – including sexual harassment and assaults - against Ontario’s mostly female hospital workforce- including at Kingston’s hospital, a new poll of...