The Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union says it doesn’t endorse the actions of a corporation calling itself “Canadian Frontline Nurses,” which has a variety of protests planned at hospitals across the country on Monday to oppose COVID-19 measures and vaccine mandates.
Considered one of them is on the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. The purpose of the occasion is to “stand collectively once more for knowledgeable consent and medical freedom,” in keeping with a Fb web page created for the occasion.
In a press release posted to the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union Fb web page, the union mentioned it was not a part of this group and doesn’t endorse their views.
“This group has drawn in anti-science, anti-mask, anti-vaccine and anti-public well being followers whose beliefs align with theirs,” it mentioned.
“All through the pandemic, NSNU has stood on the aspect of science. We have now advocated for evidence-based public well being measures to stem the unfold of COVID-19, corresponding to social distancing, masking and vaccination.”
The NSNU assertion pressured that it doesn’t need Monday’s protests to be confused with the Day of Action deliberate by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions and different nursing unions throughout the nation on Sept. 17 to lift consciousness for the nursing disaster forward of the federal election.
In latest weeks, “Canadian Frontline Nurses” — whose organizers embody an Ontario nurse fired for attending lockdown rallies in the U.S. and a B.C. physician who claimed in October 2020 that there could be no second wave and that COVID-19 was no worse than a seasonal flu — has helped set up and promote anti-vax rallies at hospitals in Canada the place health-care employees were harassed and folks in search of remedy have been caused further stress.
The occasion in Halifax Monday goals to be a “peaceable and silent demonstration of assist for well being care employees and all others who’re talking up or strolling out going through ultimatums as penalties to their private well being decisions,” the occasion web page mentioned.
Protests are additionally deliberate on the Winnipeg Well being Sciences Centre, the Toronto Normal Hospital, Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.
The NSNU assertion mentioned whereas it’s “unlucky” that the group is taking consideration away from Canada’s vaccination efforts, “the overwhelming majority of nurses know the devastating results of COVID-19 and perceive that the one means out of this pandemic is thru social distancing, masking, good hand hygiene, vaccination and following science-based public well being directives.”
‘Disappointing and disheartening’
In a press release, Nova Scotia Well being mentioned it was conscious of the deliberate protest and mentioned there shall be added safety for the protection of sufferers, workers, physicians and volunteers.
“It’s disappointing and disheartening to know this will occur, given the exhausting work of well being care employees over the past yr and a half,” it mentioned.
“Protesting at hospitals will additional contribute to the stress and fatigue of our groups and we respectfully ask that protestors rethink or select a extra acceptable location.”
It mentioned they count on anybody attending the protest to permit sufferers and households to entry care, and permit workers and physicians to get to work.
In an e-mail, Halifax Regional Police spokesperson John MacLeod mentioned police are “conscious of the state of affairs and we respect the general public’s proper to peacefully protest.”
“We count on that they may respect the rights of others who want to make use of these amenities,” he mentioned. “We don’t touch upon our operational deployments however I can let you know that we are going to be monitoring the protest to make sure everybody’s security.”
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