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TORONTO – The head of Ontario’s registered nurses’ association says she is pleading with the province to restrict the number of long-term care homes health-care staff can work in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doris Grinspun, the CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, says the changes must be made to stop the spread of the disease in the province’s nursing and retirement homes.

Grinspun says staff often work in multiple homes because they’re unable to get full-time work, a practice that continues even during the pandemic.

She says the province must ensure staff work in one home only, and those who cannot be given full-time hours must receive wage enhancement in order to keep them from working in other places.

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