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⁦.@UniforTheUnion⁩, which represents 450 workers at #Northwood, says #PPE was withheld in early stages of the outbreak because the nursing home, like many others in Cda., was concerned about its supply running out.

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2)@JanetHazey, Pres. @NS_nurses, said staffing levels at #Northwood have long been a major concern of hers.

She said the union has been calling for a staff review at Northwood for years and published a report called Broken Homes in late 2015. @MulliganCBC…
3) @LindaMacNeil3 of #Uniforsaid there will be a meeting of the health-care unions on Thurs. She said the call for a public inquiry will likely be a topic of discussion.

Janet Simm said Northwood welcomes the scrutiny.

(@StephenMcNeil has consistently dodged the question.)
5) Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has refused to move on #PandemicPay for front-line healthcare workers battling this horrific virus.

What goes around, comes around.

This is #Trending today on Twitter. #Karma @NSLiberal @NSNDP @nspc #covid19ns
6) @StrangRobert said no one should blame the staff at Northwood. "It could have been that there were breakdowns in infection control or their own use of personal protective equipment."

(Back on March 13, the 4 healthcare unions said their #PPE was inadequate. Any connection?)
7) MARCH 13: Frontline healthcare workers who are testing potential COVID-19 patients, or who are treating admitted COVID-19 patients, will be provided other PPE such as gowns, gloves, face shields and surgical masks.

(This was NOT happening at #Northwood.)
8) MARCH 13: It was explained to all stakeholders that while @nshealth has a “strategic stockpile” of N95 masks from the past H1N1 outbreak, officials are concerned that our supply may not be adequate to deal with a prolonged outbreak in Nova Scotia.
9) Via @sharon2116 Sylvie Bertrand has been in the care sector for 45 years, but she doesn’t have a paid sick day and still makes less than $15 per hour.

Story by @indaintiar @HuddleToday. #nbpoli #nspoli #LongTermCare #canlab @BlaineHiggs @StephenMcNeil…
10) Bertrand, now in her 60s, is a safety assistant and a home caregiver. She moves between 2-3 homes a day, serving up to 8 homes a wk in Moncton/Dieppe.

(New Brunswickers should be asking @DavidCCoon @KrisAustinPA and @kevin_vickers what they plan to do about this.) #HomeCare
11) It should be noted that NS Premier @StephenMcNeil sat on his hands on the issue of #PandemicPay, and waited for the Feds to come to his rescue. #LongTermCare #nspoli #Northwood @NSNDP @nspc @NSLiberal
12) Now let's see what Stephen McNeil does with it:

@CdnPressNews Those agreements are expected to involve a transfer of federal funds to the provinces, each of which will be able to decide for itself which essential workers most need a pay boost.

@deAdder #HealthcareHeroes
13) Quebec moved to top up essential workers' pay even before Trudeau's offer, announcing a $4-per-hour pay hike for workers in private long-term care homes, as well as a $24.28 per hour salary to attract new workers to fill in as attendants at the facilities.

Aimed at @fordnation, but applies equally to Stephen McNeil and @nsgov @nshealth.

#covid19ns #Northwood #Halifax
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