Dec 22, 2021
By Christine Ross
The union representing 40,000 healthcare workers is worried that due to staffing shortages from this latest surge, some hospitals may require COVID exposed staff to work while awaiting results.
The president of the hospital division of CUPE, Michael Hurley says it’s a dangerous practice that puts at risk patients, particularly those with compromised immune systems and other staff.
The union claims that 860 patients have died already of COVID contracted in hospital and many of them were avoidable.
University Health Network CEO Dr Kevin Smith told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer it may be difficult to keep staff home in self-isolation.
“I’n not sure it’s possible if we see such large numbers including healthcare and other essential workers who may have been exposed but are asymptomatic, have had a rapid test or even a PCR test confirmed negative, we’ll just need them at work to keep the system running.
Hospitals are already cancelling surgeries and procedures to cope and with a widespread staffing crisis, and it’s difficult to fill the gaps.