„Bill 197 doesn`t seem to have much to do with COVID-19`s economic recovery,“ says McKenna. „Instead, health, safety and environmental measures can be watered down.“ „The removal of the contractual rights of committed health professionals who sacrificed so much during this pandemic, including being with their families and friends to protect them from infection, has consequences for this government. This is an unnecessary conflict with loyal staff,“ said Michael Hurley, Chair of the Ontario Hospital Board. „The Prime Minister and his ministers are creating instability just as the province is reopened. We encourage them to rethink, to deprive health care personnel of their rights. „If the proposed legislation were passed, we could chart a responsible path for economic reopening and recovery without jeopardizing all the progress we have made in the fight against this virus,“ Premier Doug Ford said of the legislation in announcing the legislation on July 7. „While we are pursuing some emergency regulations as part of the proposed public health legislation, we will still be a responsible government for the people of Ontario. That is why I will ensure that updates are updated and that a report is submitted within four months of the anniversary of the report`s entry into force. McKenna says registered nurses, nurses, established nurses and health care professionals „are exhausted by the long hours, stress and insecurity they experienced during COVID-19, and they deserve a break.“ Instead, this bill allows their employers to refuse or cancel leave, redeploy it at any time to another unit or health facility, and have far too much authority, which is uncontrolled by the collective agreement. „This government bypassed the democratic process and struck Bills 195 and 197. Bill 195, Creativity Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19 Act), says ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN, offers broad powers to end collective agreements and deprive our nurses and health care professionals of the rights that worked so care during the pandemic.
In passing the bills, the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) called the day a „dark day“ for registered nurses and health professionals in the province.