NDP promise Mississauga, Brampton foreign-trained nurses quick access to jobs
Published May 2, 2022 at 10:13 am
Using the backdrop of Mississauga Hospital, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath today (May 2) said if she becomes premier her government will recognize the credentials of foreign-trained nurses and let them start working right away.
Horwath’s Mississauga stop is part of the NDP’s launch of the Ontario election campaign with the vote slated for the beginning of June.
Horwath said the pandemic showed that healthcare was in a crisis in both Mississauga and Brampton pointing out that current hospital staff had to endure long hours of work while many patients needing care were left to suffer.
“People are waiting in pain for hours in the ER,” she said. “They are waiting months for a surgery they desperately need while their worry grows and quality of life slips away and internationally educated nurses are on the sidelines, watching as patients wait in pain and frontline healthcare heroes burn out. By fixing the international credentials systems we can get people the healthcare they need sooner.”
Under the NDP plan the credentials of 15,000 internationally credited nurses that are in Ontario now will be accelerated with quick job offers for up to 2,000 of the healthcare workers. The program would be part of a $60 million investment program.
Horwath said under the current system internationally trained nurses have to spend thousands of dollars to get re-trained in Ontario and wait years to become qualified to work here.