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BCNU says they have evidence Island Health's CDMR is putting patients at risk

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The BC Nurses Union has provided Island Health with evidence showing care delivery model redesign, or CDMR, is preventing nurses from delivering safe patient care.

CDMR replaced some nurses with care aides last September at NRGH, and the same care model has just been introduced in Victoria.

Jo Salken, Pacific Rim Regional Chair, says nurses have been filling out professional responsibility forms at the end of their shifts, detailing specific instances where they couldn’t meet standards.

She says NRGH is short-staffed because of cuts to the number of nurses on four key units.

Salken says, after claiming it was about improving patient care, Island Health publicly admitted this week that CDMR is about saving money.

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Salken says Island Health CEO Dr Brendan Carr has agreed to sit down with nurses from NRGH to discuss the problems they’re having.

She says the issue goes to arbitration in April.

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