“The priority for nurses across Ontario is the safety of our patients first, but this hospital policy does not protect patients,” said NAO President Vicki McKenna, RN. “ONA has already successfully argued against HOV`s policy and has proven it to be fundamentally flawed, and we are deeply disappointed that taxpayers` money was wasted because they had to do it over and over again. Our collective agreement already protects our patients when the public health officer detects influenza by ensuring that comprehensive measures are taken to reduce the risk of transmission to patients. The Ontario Nurses Association (NIA) successfully argued that the “vaccination or mask” policy requirement was inappropriate, illogical and a violation of its collective agreement. The collective agreement provided that “no nurse could be forced to accept influenza vaccination.” For more information: Ontario Nurses` Association: Ruth Featherstone, [email protected], 416-964-1979 ext.2267; Ken Marciniec, [email protected], 416-964-1979 ext.2306; 416-803-6066 (Cell) TORONTO, September 7, 2018 /CNW/ – The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) has made a second decision on the controversial Vaccination or Mask Policy (MT) and has taken into account the policies of St. Michael`s Hospital and several other hospitals that make up the Toronto Health Science Network (ADHD). These measures require nurses and other health care professionals to wear surgical masks that are not suitable for the entire position when they choose not to use the flu vaccine. The Ontario Nurses Association negotiates your wages, benefits and working conditions on your behalf. Access your contract below: “The policy has been criticized as a symbolic and unserumerable instrument in the fight against influenza,” McKenna added. The NAO has long been committed to developing a comprehensive national influenza plan based on credible evidence of patient protection. We hope that with this second decision, we can finally calm this issue and focus on what is important to Ontarians: improving patient care. Visit us at: www.ona.org; Facebook.com/OntarioNurses; Twitter.com/OntarioNursesFacebook.com/GlobalNursesUnited/ eminent experts of the ONA, Among them, the expert in infection control Dr. Michael Gardam of Toronto, Quebec epidemiologist Gaston De Serres and Dr.
Lisa Brosseau, an American mask expert, testified that there was insufficient evidence of Saint-Michel`s policy and that there was no evidence that healthy nurses should wear masks during flu season, that the transmission of influenza in hospitals was not sufficient. They also testified that nurses who do not have symptoms are unlikely to be a real source of transmission and that it did not make sense to force healthy unvaccinated nurses to hide. Adjudicator Kaplan accepted this expert evidence. On the other hand, he noted the only right words to describe the hospital`s evidence to support the mask, “insufficient, insufficient and totally unconvincing”. | Hospitals | Care Homes Homes for | | Public Health | Clinics Industry| LHINs (formerly CCACs) | Home Care Providers A group of Toronto hospitals must abandon a policy that forces staff to wear surgical masks during flu season if they have not received the vaccine, a Canadian arbitrator ruled in a 53-page decision. ONA is the union that represents more than 65,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals, as well as more than 18,000 subsidiaries of nursing students who are cared for in hospitals, long-term care centers, public health, municipality, clinics and industry. Arbitrator William Kaplan, in his September 6 decision, found that Saint-Michel`s policy was “illogical and unnecessary” and was “completely contrary to reasonableness.” It was the conclusion of Adjudicator Kaplan who rejected the hospital`s evidence.