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Coronavirus: Concerns mount over violence in Ontario’s workplaces for front-line workers

Ontario mental health hospital pleads guilty to violations of Occupational Health and Safety Act Nurses said before the pandemic hit, they were already dealing with high levels of aggression from patients and visitors.

They said things have not improved and in some cases it has become worse. [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]Donna MacInnis, a registered nurse and the president of the Ontario Nurses Association Windsor Regional Hospital bargaining unit, said her members are constantly having to fight for their safety. “They are being called names, they are being poked at, they are being yelled at constantly, family members have had to be escorted off because of that verbal abuse,” she said.

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