As Canada recognizes National Nursing Week and as healthcare workers continue to raise concerns about an insufficient supply of protective equipment, NDP Leader Ryan Meili called for the province to provide a plan to ensure that every worker has the protective equipment they need.

“We hear from so many frontline workers that they are still lacking the equipment they need to keep themselves safe at work,” said Meili. “Particularly in our long-term care centres, too many people don’t have what they need. Over and over again, we’ve been told that there is no shortage of equipment, so why are frontline workers still saying they don’t have what they need?”

There are ongoing concerns from healthcare providers about the inability to access masks and other protective equipment in Long-term Care and Personal Care homes, reports of hospital wards having to ration hand sanitizers and most recently, a crowdfunding campaign to ensure those on the front lines fighting the pandemic in the Northwest have the personal protective equipment they need. 

“Frontline healthcare workers are doing so much to keep our loved ones safe in long-term care and in hospital-- we need to make sure we’re stepping up in return,” said Meili. “We need a plan immediately to ensure all these workers have access to what they need.”

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