Front-line workers frustrated at being left off pandemic pay list
2020-05-28 from thestar.com
Thousands of health-care workers are frustrated at being left off the final list for $4 hourly pandemic pay promised by Premier Doug Ford for “heroes” on the front lines of COVID-19.
They include medical radiation technologists in hospitals who do X-rays, CT scans and MRIs in full personal protective equipment on patients with or suspected of having the highly contagious virus.
The illness has now infected at least 28,512 Ontarians, including 4,577 health-care workers. Six are included in the province’s death toll of 2,275.
“I have had to do numerous portable chest X-rays on confirmed positive COVID-19 patients,” said Julie Sauro, who works at University Hospital in London and sent a picture of herself to the Star in face shield, mask, head cover, gown and gloves.
“We go to the patient’s bedside, we lift them up and place our X-ray detector under their chest. Just this past week, I had a positive patient’s respiratory vent blow off in my face,” she added Thursday.
“We are all, as a registered medical profession, in disbelief that we are not getting recognition.”
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