“For many patients, family and staff this will be a bitter pill to swallow.”
Wednesday, public health officials announced the former site of the Royal Victoria Hospital will be transformed into a refugee shelter with 300 beds to help house the refugee claimants.
Many of the 2,620 who have arrived are originally from Haiti and currently living under temporary protected status in the U.S. following the massive 2010 earthquake which devastated Haiti.
Manuel Fernandes interim president for the CSN employee union said a meeting with the employer to address the impact on the staff will take place early next week.
“It’s complicated, on one hand there are the refugee claimants who will require the basic necessities, food, water, showers, toilets, and access to medical treatment. On the other hand, the employees, who are struggling with low moral, an unrealistic workload and are constantly being told there is no money.”
Fernandes went on to say, “For many patients, family and staff this will be a bitter pill to swallow.”