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Nurses to gather outside Northern Lights Regional Health Centre for 'Day of Action'

PHOTO. The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, pictured Summer 2019. MYMCMURRAY/Melanie Walsh Melanie Walsh

FORT MCMURRAY (660 NEWS) – Nurses across Alberta will hold information pickets and walks on Wednesday for what’s being called a ‘Day of Action’.

According to the United Nurses of Alberta, the goal is to send a message to the province about their commitment to Albertans and the province’s public health care system.

In a press release, the UNA states that hospital beds are closing due to a shortage of nurses and that the province has a long history of understaffing nursing positions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also put extra pressure on the health care system.

“After 18 months on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta‚Äôs nurses are exhausted and overworked,” reads the press release.

“Nurses go to work every day to make sure Albertans get the best and safest patient care possible. They need fairness in the workplace.”

The UNA says government-proposed pay cuts for nurses are an insult and won’t help the province recruit and keep them.

Nurses will gather outside the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and march down Franklin Avenue to MLA Tany Yao’s constituency office.

It’s one of 25 walks and information pickets taking place across Alberta.