Should feel sorry for nurses

Re: Not sorry for nurses (Castanet, Oct. 26)

I have been deeply saddened to observe the heartlessness and complete lack of empathy or compassion being displayed recently towards those losing their jobs due to the vaccine mandate.

H. Ferri's letter Not sorry for nurses is a prime example.

Nurses are not "choosing" to leave their jobs. Being forced onto unpaid leave, and kicked out of the hospital at midnight, is not a choice. The government is changing the conditions of their employment after they have already been hired and punishing those who refuse to comply. That is not a "choice", that is tyranny.

I personally know two nurses who have worked on Covid wards since the beginning of the pandemic. They have cared for people dying of Covid for two years now and at some point they each caught Covid, got sick and recovered. Canadians beat pots and pans each day in support of them but now, because they have not been jabbed, they are being put on unpaid leave and likely fired. Why?

Why, when our healthcare system is facing a terrible nursing shortage, are nurses being fired?

They have bills and mortgages to pay, and families to support. So yes, we should feel sorry for them. My heart breaks for them. And on top of it all, they have to endure mockery from others who don't know what they're talking about.

When did we as a society become so arrogant and cruel? We are all in this together, so be kind.

L. Jonathan

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