Nurses should expect more layoffs, says union head

Donna Casey, Sarnia Observer, March 26, 2010 Nurses at the Ottawa Hospital should expect more layoffs in the wake of next year's funding increases laid out in the provincial budget, says the head of Ontario's largest nursing union. A 1.5% increase to hospital budgets for the 2010-11 fiscal year will mean additional staff cuts beyond the 133 positions already identified by the hospital last month, said Linda Haslam-Stroud, president of the Ontario Nurses Association. "Unless the Ottawa Hospital can magically come up with ways to reduce money in areas other than front-line care, I assume there will be a lot more layoffs of registered nurses and less patient care," said Haslam-Stroud ... Nurses