Ontario nurses’ association calls for safe zones as anti-vaxxers plan to protest at Toronto hospitals again on Monday
2021-09-12 from thestar.com
As anti-vaccine protests are planned to take place at hospitals across the country on Monday — including one at Toronto General Hospital — a provincewide nurses’ association is calling for stronger protection for hospitals and health care workers.
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) has been vocal about their condemnation of these protests, including through a press release from last week detailing the distress nurses have gone through from demonstrations at their workplaces.
The association wants to implement safe zones, which are areas where protests can’t happen so that they don’t clog up access to hospitals and other essential health care institutions.
Doris Grinspun, CEO of RNAO, says that these protests obstruct patients from getting into hospitals for medical care and health care workers from doing their job. Grinspun says authoritative action against such demonstrations is well overdue.
“Any minute that we wait is a minute too late. It’s a minute where colleagues are calling me to say that they’ve had it. They’ve had it because (for) 18 months, they’ve worked non-stop giving it their all,” Grinspun said. “Just picture this other unnecessary stress on them.”
One of the authorities that RNAO wants action from is the City of Toronto. The city acknowledges the protests and says it will monitor demonstrations for public safety along with the Toronto Police Service (TPS).
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