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March 21, 2018

Mandatory Overtime at St. Boniface Hospital Reaches Crisis Level

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Media Release: Manitoba Nurses Union

Mandatory Overtime at St. Boniface Hospital Reaches Crisis Level

WINNIPEG, MB – Mandatory overtime has reached a crisis level at St. Boniface Hospital as reported incidences in 2018 have already surpassed 2017 levels, the Manitoba Nurses Union reported today.

“We’ve been hearing from nurses that mandatory overtime has been increasing dramatically since changes were implemented at St. Boniface,” said MNU President Sandi Mowat. “In fact, our numbers show mandatory OT has already exceeded 2017 incidences. This is simply unacceptable – we are demanding that the WRHA and the Minister of Health take immediate action to address this issue.”

MNU has received 328 incidence reports of mandatory overtime since January 1, 2018 – the equivalent of all reported mandatory overtime incidences in the 2017 calendar year. Incidences are voluntarily reported to MNU, which indicates that the actual number of mandatory overtime incidences may be substantially higher. Voluntary overtime is not reflected in the data either, meaning actual overtime worked is likely also much higher.

Read the full release from the Manitoba Nurses Union below. 

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