Newborns at risk: St. Boniface neonatal unit overwork

Newborns at risk: St. Boniface neonatal unit overwork

St. Boniface Hospital informed about too high workload and stagnant funding.

The president of the hospital noted that neonatal unit is working more than the permissible rate for many years and this can threaten the birth of babies.

As it became known, the neonatal intensive care unit has not received any additional funding since 2010. At the same time, the number of children has increased by more than 7% from 2010 to 2018.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister stated that this problem should have been solved by the previous government, however, they did nothing. He promised to allocate $3 million to the hospital, to hire 30 new nurses and add 11 additional beds at the neonatal units. Also, 50 more nurses will be hired to work in the hospital in the future.

A representative from St. Boniface Hospital hopes that the burden on the hospital staff will decrease and their productivity will increase accordingly.

However, the president of the Nursing Union says that it’s too early to rejoice, because this funding will be able to slightly improve the situation, but it will not change it as a whole.

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St. Boniface Hospital neonatal unit high workload