A shared statement from Health Service Providers
Hands theFamilyHelpNetwork.ca is honoured to share this important statement from our partners in health-care. The pandemic has been incredibly difficult for many people and communities, and it is not over. At Hands, we are experiencing far higher numbers of employees becoming ill and/or needing to isolate, or care for ill family members due to COVID-19, than at any other time in the pandemic.
There continues to be significant pressure on health-care workers due to COVID-19 and the infection prevention and control measures that are in place remain vitally important for the health and safety of our clients, families, employees and communities.
Hands and our health-care colleagues are proud to have been there to help throughout this pandemic and we are dedicated to being here to continue our essential work. Let us all endeavor to embrace kindness and respect as we work together to create a better day today and tomorrow.
Statement from Health Service Providers in Ontario’s Central Region:
We Stand Together to Support Respect and Safety for Ontario’s Workers Who Provide Care
We, as leaders in Ontario’s health-care system, recognize every person has been impacted by the pandemic. We thank them for the sacrifices made over the past two years to protect our health-care system and its lifeline, health-care workers.
The pandemic, however, is not over for Ontario’s workers who provide care.
We appreciate the public’s support over the last two years and we are trying to hold strong. We still need that support. Our health-care workforce is depleted and tired. We need to protect this precious resource for the good of all Ontarians to ensure the health-care system is there when the public needs it most – in recovery and rejuvenation.
As the pandemic has evolved, our workforce maintained its commitment to using the best scientific evidence and guidance to keep themselves safe and healthy, so they could continue to provide care for those in need. Hospitals, institutions, doctor’s offices, homes, or wherever health care is provided, must always be places where the best public health guidance is followed.
We all have responsibility to ensure our health-care workers are safe and respected, whether at work, home, or in your local community. As some restrictions are lifted, we recognize that vaccination and masking policies will be necessary in health-care settings to protect us all.
We ask for kindness and to be respectful of each other, and our health-care workers, as we move forward together safely.