CORNER BROOK, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwired - Oct. 3, 2013) - Today's announcement from the Department of Health that it will be eliminating the equivalent of more than 400 full-time positions in our province's healthcare system will have a direct impact on patient care, says CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador.
CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas says, "This is a dramatic reduction in frontline services to patients across the province. To suggest that these are not layoffs because they will come primarily from 'attrition' is a misrepresentation of what is taking place.
"In the Western, Central and Northern Boards there will be 340 positions eliminated. Those are jobs that were there today which will be gone as a result of these cuts. Attrition is simply a fancy word for layoffs," says Lucas.
CUPE Healthcare Co-ordinator Donna Ryan, who represents members in the Western Board, says, "We know about 70 full-time equivalents for this one board alone, but it could have an impact on many more employees. There is simply no way you can eliminate that much of the workforce and not have a direct impact on the level of service that is being provided in our system."
Ryan says they have written the health minister to express their concern about the total lack of consultation with unions that accompanied today's announcements. The union is also concerned that it does not have nearly enough information about how these cuts will take place, how CUPE members will be affected and in which facilities.