The BC Nurses Union is welcoming a move by Island Health to delay implementing a new care delivery model at two Victoria Hospitals. The new model, which replaces some nurses on key units with care aides, has been drawing fire from the B.C. Nurse Union. The BCNU claims it compromises professional standards and patient care, and has submitted at 10,000-signature petition to Island Health calling for its cancellation.
Sarah Plank from Island Health admits the change has not gone smoothly at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, where the new model was implemented in September. She says the adjustment period has been difficult, but they’re working with staff to improve the situation.
To allow for a smoother transition, Plank says they’re putting off implementing the new model at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General. Originally scheduled to start January 17, they’re going to hold off until April 23rd.
The BCNU is welcoming the move, but is also encouraging Island Health to scrap the plan completely.