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Fired North Bay nurse makes public statement

A North Bay nurse claims she was fired by management for speaking out against violence against health care workers. She spoke publicly on Wednesday.  On the advice of her lawyer, Sue McIntyre spoke from a brief prepared statement and took no media questions.  McIntrye said the issue of patients assaulting staff is a serious problem that can’t be ignored.  She says figures from the Canadian Institute for Healthcare Information show that 47 percent of RPN’s in Ontario were assaulted last year.

McIntyre doesn’t like being let go, but says her dismissal has actually resulted in a positive development.  She says to some extent, her termination has catapulted the issue of violence against healthcare workers to the forefront.  The news conference included CUPE spokesman Michael Hurley. Hurley says some healthcare workers are beaten so badly that they never go back to work.  McIntyre’s case for reinstatement is headed to arbitration, but no date has yet been set.  In the meantime her union has given her a project on violence meaning she won’t lose any income.

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