162 employees terminated at Nanaimo nursing home; Island Health Authority blamed

Global News

162 employees have been terminated from a Nanaimo nursing home due to what the operator is calling “insufficient funding” from the Island Health Authority.

Global News obtained an internal memo to staff dated April 2 that reads as follows:

“On April 1, 2014 we had no choice but to terminate 122 valued full and part-time, and 40 casual employees. Future employment opportunities will be offered however under significantly reduced compensation,” reads the memo from Good Samaritan Society President and CEO Shawn Terlson.

Terlson says that they are offering to re-hire employees with a 3.5 per cent reduction in salary and a 5 per cent reduction in benefits.

He lays the blame squarely at the Island Health Authority.

“The reason is chronic under-funding over a six year period from Island Health,” says Terlson. “We went into a 2008 contract with them when they asked providers to build beds for them, and from…

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