THURLOW, Ontario ― Canadian health-care workers are making their voices heard after comments made by several cabinet ministers targeted by the Toronto Star indicated they fear retaliation.
Ministers Jim Carr and Chrystia Freeland launched their assaults against Canadian and American health-care providers and large employers for various political reasons.
Freeland said American health-care professionals will find work in Canada.
Carr called for the health-care workers on Canadian soil to be better trained in their patients’ wishes.
A spokesperson for Canada’s largest union of doctors told Fox News he has seen two letters of support for the injured workers in the last week.
The organizations sent letters in response to a article published in the Star about the workers.
The Canadian Medical Association is releasing a joint statement with the Canadian Nurses Association to support these health-care workers.
The statements praise the care and professionalism of doctors and nurses and provide information and support to the health-care workers.
The union wrote that the letter is a show of solidarity and support.
The letter reads:
“We are sick and tired of seeing and hearing derogatory comments about our caregivers and our federal government suggesting that health-care workers can and will be made to face such challenges while growing stronger in all areas of work. We condemn this abuse of government resources and call for a swift response and immediate cessation of such conduct. We call on our federal government to support health-care workers in every way possible.”
Tensions are already high after our correspondent Jared Halpern spotted a poster on the wall of The NINA in Toronto telling patients not to expect a doctor to come to their office in the afternoon.
The sign’s scrawled on butcher paper across from a sign informing customers of three days to pay their bill if they hadn’t paid by Friday afternoon.
Hatchnt is now working with the front desk to investigate why the poster was in place.
The Star had reported Carr’s comment as: “The health-care system will continue to serve American health-care professionals because what is normal in one country is obviously not normal in another.
“I want everyone to take care of their patients. If that takes longer in one country than in another, then that is what it takes.”
The nurse union issued this response to the Star:
“Please understand, nurse practitioners and physicians are not political appointees of Health Canada. They are defending the work they perform as needed, not commenting on political appointments or parties’ platform.”
The Canadian Medical Association said the government should take action to ensure Canada is a safe place for doctors and nurses to practice medicine.
“Coupled with the association’s forthcoming submission to our government for medical professionals to exercise their profession internationally to ensure a secure and equitable environment in which they practice their profession, the letter speaks to the commitment of CMA to Canadian and global health, as these services are life and death to our medical system,” the association said.
Hatchnt is in Ontario assisting injured workers. Hatchnt can be reached at 905-624-1890.