NDP urges Alberta government not to lay off nurses amid coronavirus pandemic, UCP says resources will remain

Alberta’s NDP caucus is calling on Premier Jason Kenney and his government to scrap any potential plans to lay off nurses as the province grapples with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“The NDP is vehemently urging Health Minister Tyler Shandro and the UCP government to halt the mass nursing layoffs, pause the imminent changes to physician compensation and immediately invest in health-care in order to ensure the province is fully prepared to confront the coronavirus pandemic,” the caucus said in a news release on Thursday.

The news release was issued soon after Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, announced the province’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases now stands at 23.

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