NL Gazette

Union Leaders appreciate the response of health officials to the N.L. cyberattack.

Our employees are simply overworked right now as they try to acclimate and work their way through the system.

Unions representing healthcare workers in Newfoundland and Labrador have praised the province’s healthcare authorities for their response to the cyberattack that disrupted daily and specialized medical services for the last 12 days, with some services still not fully restored.

Workers are really dealing with the hard times from the Pandemic with a busy schedule.

Yvette Coffey, president of the Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland and Labrador (RNUNL), told CBC News that it is a hectic time for their workers on Wednesday.

“Our workers are just really busy right now, trying to adjust and work through the system,” Coffey said.

It has been commented that they are in regular touch with RHAs, with the Department of Health, and that they are trying for extra support for their members for their mental health to cope up with the increased workload in workplaces right now.

RNUNL represents 5,300 nurses and nurse practitioners around the province.

It has been a week when the news of patients and health care employees of Eastern Health and Labrador-Grenfell Health has been stolen in the cyber attack. However, officials claims that they are not sure if anything was obtained by the hackers.

RHAs have recognized the workload and stress that the workers are experiencing.

However, RHAs are doing their best to provide extra support to the workers and are trying to add extra mental health resources.

Coffey said the information has to be managed diligently but it should not be misused. It is advisable to follow the advice of the regional authorities and the government.

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