BC Nursing Shortage Cost Health Authorities $70 Million In Overtime

A chronic shortage of specially trained nurses kept overtime costs for B.C.’s two largest health authorities at more than $70 million a year, with the two hardest-working nurses taking home an astounding $125,000 in overtime pay.

“The health care system is running on nursing overtime, it depends on nurses working the overtime,” said B.C. Nurses Union president Gayle Duteil. “Sixteen-hour shifts are the new norm.”