NAPE demands apology for board insult to working nurses

'Those sitting on their high horses ... display an ignorance of what is happening on the front lines of health care.' - Carol Furlong


St. John’s (16 Oct. 2008) - The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE), which represents more than 1,800 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), is demanding an apology in the wake of a false statement by a provincial health official.

NAPE President Carol Furlong is asking the health minister to clarify whether the claim that working nurses have nothing to do reflects an official government position. She is demanding an apology for the "callous disregard" shown by an official of the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Boards Association.

Furlong says the comments by the group's executive director "are symptomatic of a lack of respect for nurses."

"Even worse, they display outright contempt for health care providers. With this kind of attitude, no wonder the unions are having so much trouble reaching a collective agreement," she adds.

"Our health care system is in crisis mode and those sitting on their high horses, giving orders and making decisions, continue to display an ignorance of what is happening on the front lines of health care. They desperately need a dose of reality. If they go down the road to the Hoyles-Escasoni Complex, they will get a rude awakening. Likely, they wouldn’t last the shift," Furlong noted.

"Licensed practical nurses have been required to upgrade their education and skills and to take on new duties and liabilities, all without any additional compensation. Now they are expected to take abuse from health officials. It’s not on. We want an apology and we want it now." NUPGE