‘It’s going to bankrupt health care’: Spending on temp agency nurses up more than 550% since pre-pandemic at one Toronto hospital network.

Spending on temporary agency nurses has soared by millions of dollars at some of Ontario’s largest hospitals grappling with severe staffing shortages, with one that paid over 550 per cent more in its last fiscal year compared to pre-pandemic years. Ontario’s health worker staffing crisis has prompted ballooning wait times in hospitals, forcing some to cancel surgeries or even temporarily shutter emergency departments.  Since the pandemic began, hospitals across the country have increasingly turned toward agency nurses, nursing unions say. But critics […]

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