"The people of the province expect and deserve a health care system they can they have confidence in and depend on when needed." - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
St. John's (19 July 2012) - The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) launched a new awareness campaign calling attention to the 550 equivalent health care positions that are being cut by the Eastern Health Authority.
NAPE hopes to bring public awareness to the decisions being made and what the implications are for a system already stressed. Patient care will suffer and may not be there when most needed by the community. The union has also been meeting community members during local information pickets across the province to help people understand what is at stake.
In a recent national poll, Newfoundland and Labrador scored lowest in terms of satisfaction with the overal health care system.
"These cuts will do nothing to reassure the people of the province that our health care system is improving. If anything it sends the opposite message," said Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
"It seems that our system is under attack when emphasis should be on improving health care. The people of the province expect and deserve a health care system they can they have confidence in and depend on when needed,” states Furlong.
Furlong says the people are speaking out and government should pay attention to this poll, heed what the people are saying and stop the cuts to health care.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE