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St. Joe’s cuts will increase risks says nurses’ union, as list of attacks grows

Over half a dozen nurses at St. Joe’s have been assaulted or threatened since mid-December, the head of Ontario Nurses’ Association says — and with budget cuts looming, the union fears things will get worse.

Five separate violent incidents have happened at a St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton facility since Dec. 16, some of which have included weapons and serious injuries.

“There is an ongoing issue with respect to violence towards [registered nurses] at St. Joe’s,” said Linda Haslam-Stroud, provincial president of the union and a Hamilton nurse.

“There is no way to provide even the current level of service — as poor as it is — with the hammer hanging over the budget.”

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