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Healthcare professionals urge government to “hire back our heroes”

Healthcare professionals urge government to “hire back our heroes”

A new campaign by a group of British Columbia healthcare professionals is urging the government to start fixing the province’s broken healthcare system by hiring back the heroes it praised so highly in the early days of the pandemic.

“Our healthcare system in B.C. is crumbling,” said BC Healthcare Workers United (BCHWU) spokesperson Laura Milaire. “Wait times are getting longer and longer, clinic after clinic is closing, and 900,000 B.C. residents are currently without a family doctor. Yet our government officials will not bend.”

“We have perfectly healthy, naturally immune, experienced, talented and passionate healthcare workers, wasting their talent doing unrelated jobs just to make ends meet.”

BCHWU is a grassroots organization representing B.C.’s 18 regulated private-sector healthcare professionals, all of whom fell under provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s latest vaccine mandate in March. They include dentists, doctors, nurses, midwives, chiropractors, psychologists and many others. The group is also affiliated with several others including BC Nurses Fight Mandates and the BCPS Employees for Freedom.

The organization has produced a new video that includes testimonials from three of the approximately 2,582 employees in public healthcare settings that have been fired over vaccine mandates. These firings include 927 employees from the Interior Health region, 474 from Fraser Health, 393 from Island Health and 304 from Northern Health.

To address crippling staffing shortages, the B.C. government recently announced it would spend $12 million to fast-track the registration and licensing process for foreign-trained nurses. This funding includes $9 million in bursaries to help around 1600 foreign-trained nurses with the costs of assessment fees.

Speaking to True North, the BCHWU said the province’s healthcare was already in crisis before the pandemic made it worse. They added that Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix could begin to fill the cracks by recognizing what the province already has.

“At a time when we are crippled with debt and inflation is at its highest, why would we spend more money to bring in workers when we have perfectly healthy and experienced workers right here?”

Connie, Christine and Angel all say they’re more than eager to get back to their callings.

Connie is a mother of two and former acute-care nurse who says she is now working in construction after being fired over vaccine…

Read Full Story At: TNC.

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