Health cuts for Car­bon­ear

East­ern Health con­firms jobs losses, wing clo­sure at Har­bour Lodge Nurs­ing Home

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

Of­fi­cials with East­ern Health con­firmed last week that more than three dozen full-time equiv­a­lent (FTE) po­si­tions will be cut at its fa­cil­i­ties in Car­bon­ear, and an un­der-used 22-bed wing at the Har­bour Lodge Nurs­ing Home will also be closed at the end of this month.

The mea­sures are part of an ear­lier an­nounce- ment by the St. John’s-based health au­thor­ity to cut 550 FTE jobs from its ranks over the next two years in order to be­come more ef­fi­cient and put a stop to re­peated deficits in re­cent years.

No per­ma­nent em­ployee will be laid off as a re­sult of the cuts, of­fi­cials have stated. Should an em­ployee’s per­ma­nent po­si­tion be im­pacted by any ini­tia­tive, the em­ployee will be re­de­ployed to an­other pro­gram or ser­vice area.

In Car­bon­ear, East­ern Health will elim­i­nate 37 full-time equiv­a­lent po­si­tions at the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, In­ter­faith Cit­i­zens Home, and the Har­bour Lodge Nurs­ing Home.

“The plan is to elim­i­nate the 37 FTEs by re­duc­ing con­stant care, re­duc­ing ex­tra work­load and over­time, re­align­ing hours of care and re­align­ing sup­port ser­vices,” an East­ern Health spokesper­son wrote in an email to The Com­pass.

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

Msgr. Ed­ward T. Brom­ley is mark­ing 50 years in the priest­hood this month. Brom­ley is the par­ish pri­est at St. Pa­trick’s Ro­man Catholic Par­ish in Car­bon­ear.

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