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OPSEU Calls On Senior Waypoint Staff To Resign

Penetanguishene | by Ian MacLennan  

Union cites escalating health and safety concerns.

A call by OPSEU for the resignation of senior management at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care has been rejected by the Chair of the Board of Directors.

John-Barrett Hamilton says the Board is regularly kept informed on the many complex issues facing Waypoint and is confident in the abilities of the senior leadership team in managing the hospital.

The union says Waypoint workers voted unanimously to demand top brass at the Penetanguishene facility resign,  citing escalating health and safety concerns.

OPSEU claims mismanagement of staff scheduling has resulted in around $5 million in overtime costs this year alone.

Waypoint President and CEO Carol Lambie says there are many facets in staffing a hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and she adds dissatisfaction with the current processes and other concerns have been brought forward by staff for some time.

OPSEU President Smokey Thomas says enough of the empty promise and bad management.

He says it's time to turn this ship around.

Lambie says they will continue to involve all levels of staff as they work toward these and other improvements that support patients and staff.

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