Pandemic Pay for Observers/Sitters

Pandemic Pay for Observers/Sitters

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Observers/Sitters of Sunnybrook . started this petition to Ontario Government

Obervers and Sitters from Sunnybrook Hospital want to share our concerns to the Ontario Government and Premier Doug Ford about the $4 pandemic pay that was granted to front line workers but excluded those who work as Observers and Sitters in hospitals. 

In our jobs as front line workers, we have one-on-one close contact with hospital patients, most of which are patients under monitoring for COVID-19. Some Observers/Sitters even sit beside patients who are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.

As an Observer our primary role is to help minimize/reduce the risk of high risk behaviours (ie. pulling tubes lines, trying to leave the unit, dangerous movements, hitting self/others.) In addition, we assist health care professionals complete patient personal care and activities, including helping them use the washroom and assisting with bathing. We also ensure patients safely move in and out of bed. This all requires close contact with sick patients. We are the nursing aid of the nurses. We worked beyond our job description because we believe in team work. We are extremely exposed to the deadly virus and risk our lives every day when we come into the hospital to work, as well as risking the the lives of our families. We are just as deserving as the the other health care professionals you have included on your list for pandemic pay. We use personal protective equipment for 12 hrs due to the risk that comes with the role. 

Please recognize our hard work during this pandemic and extend the $4 pandemic pay to observers/sitters as we are already the lowest paid workers in the hospital. As Ontario health care workers, we deserve to be included.

Sincerely,

Observers and Sitters at Sunnybrook Hospital

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