Up to 220 jobs could be eliminated to staunch a sea of red ink at Scarborough’s Centenary and Ajax-Pickering hospitals, but this could be just the beginning as Ontario hospitals struggle to balance their books.
The cuts across both hospitals of the Rouge Valley Health System include 72 registered nursing positions and 36 beds as part of a deficit elimination plan expected to save about $25 million over the next three years.
“They are going to make us work harder and faster,” said Ontario Nurses’ Association president Linda Haslam-Stroud, noting the hospital plans to maintain its two emergency departments, key services and patient volume.
The deficit elimination plan was developed in response to a recent peer review conducted by the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), which oversees the hospital’s funding.
There are currently 1,048 full-time, part-time and casual registered nursing positions across the Rouge Valley Health System and Haslam-Stroud said her members were told 30 of those nursing positions could disappear this year.

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