Alberta government healthcare cutbacks have nurses taking their voices to the streets.
On Wednesday (Aug.11), nurses across Alberta held information picket sessions about how cutbacks are affecting jobs. One of these protests was held outside of the Lamont Health Care Centre.
"[We’re out today] to let the public know what the proposed cutbacks are. Nurses have fought very hard to get certain provisions and standards and to see those taken away is pretty scary, to be honest. It’s about patient safety and staff safety just as much,” said Kimberly Barrett, president of United Nurses of Alberta local 29 Lamont Health Care Center.
Barrett added the most concerning proposed cutback removes certain rules that nurses have had in place for decades.
“They want to get rid of the provision that a registered nurse has to be in charge of a unit,” she explained.
You can find updated information on the UNA website here.
Nurses held the other protests in Brooks, Calgary, Camrose, Drayton Valley, Edmonton, Fairview, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, High Level, High Prairie, Jasper, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Peace River, Red Deer, St. Paul, Stony Plain, Strathmore, Ponoka, Wainwright, Westlock and Whitecourt.