As COVID-19 strains nurses, Singh says feds must ease barriers for those trained abroad

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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says Ottawa should make it easier for nurses trained abroad to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 in Canada, as the virus is straining health care workers and the ongoing development of the new Omron version There are new concerns about Virus.

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in an interview with west blockMercedes Stephenson, Singh said the government should create work permits for nurses who qualify to come to Canada under immigration routes, prioritizing health care workers, but whose applications for permanent residency are continually delayed. has been

“We are in acute shortage of health care workers, especially nurses. But there are thousands of nurses who are internationally trained who are in Canada, and the only barrier to them being able to work is their immigration status,” Singh said.

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“A small change in their immigration status will allow them to practice here and provide assistance to Canadians who are in dire need of their work.”

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Last week, a union survey of B.C. nurses found that 35 percent are considering quitting because of the pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic, which experts say exacerbated chronic issues surrounding understudy.

The issue of burnout among nurses is not unique to that province, or to Canada. It has emerged as one of the major shadow pandemics of the COVID-19 era as successive waves of the virus plagued health care systems across the world.

Part of the challenge, however, has been the length and grind of the pandemic, many have said, pointing to widespread social support for doctors and nurses in the early days of COVID-19, comparing vitriol and threats by anti-vaccination extremists. In. Rapidly targeting many of them.

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The B.C. Nurses Union has said that about 24,000 new nurses will be needed by 2029 in that province alone to reduce the shortage, but nursing schools in Canada also need their own efforts to train as many students as possible to meet demand. Challenges have been faced in scaling up the programmes.

And this demand is not decreasing as the cases keep on fluctuating across the country.

Last week, public health officials around the world also raised concerns about a new variant called Omicron that was first identified by researchers in South Africa.

Several countries immediately imposed travel restrictions, but the variant has been detected in Hong Kong and Belgium, in addition to a spike in cases in South Africa.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on Friday that there are no such confirmed cases in Canada yet. But it will take days or weeks until experts have a clearer picture of the danger it can pose to countries, even those with highly vaccinated populations.

“Because of the increased transmittance potential and the potential for increased resistance to vaccine-induced protection, we are concerned about this new variant and are closely monitoring the evolving situation,” Tam said.

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