Statement from the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour: Honouring Healthcare Support Services Workers during Healthcare Support Services Recognition Week

October 20, 2023

Statement from the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour: Honoring Healthcare Support Services Workers during Healthcare Support Services Recognition Week

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is proud to recognize and honour the invaluable contributions of healthcare support services workers during Healthcare Support Services Recognition Week, held during the third week in October. This week serves as an opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation for the essential work performed by these dedicated individuals.

Healthcare support services workers play a vital role in ensuring the smooth operation of our healthcare system. From environmental services and dietary staff to porters, maintenance workers, and administrative personnel, these workers form the backbone of our healthcare infrastructure. Their tireless efforts often go unnoticed, yet they are essential in creating a safe, clean, and efficient environment for patients, healthcare professionals, and visitors.

Throughout the year, healthcare support services workers demonstrate their commitment to patient care and the overall functioning of healthcare facilities. They work diligently behind the scenes, ensuring that hospital rooms are clean and sanitized, meals are prepared and served, equipment is maintained, and administrative tasks are efficiently managed. They comfort and support patients and their families during challenging times, showcasing compassion and empathy in their daily interactions.

This week, we take the opportunity to celebrate and shine a spotlight on these remarkable individuals. We greatly appreciate their unwavering dedication, professionalism, and resilience. Their efforts contribute to the overall quality of healthcare services and the well-being of patients, creating an environment where healing and recovery can occur.

It is important to acknowledge that healthcare support services workers often face challenging working conditions, including physically demanding tasks, irregular schedules, and exposure to potentially hazardous environments. Despite these challenges, they continue to demonstrate unwavering commitment and professionalism, always putting the well-being of patients first.

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour recognizes the inherent value of healthcare support services workers and their indispensable contributions to our healthcare system. We advocate for fair wages, safe working conditions, and recognition of their vital role within the healthcare team. We encourage healthcare organizations, governments, and the public to join us in celebrating these exceptional individuals during Healthcare Support Services Recognition Week.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude and admiration to all healthcare support services workers across Nova Scotia. Your dedication, hard work, and commitment do not go unnoticed. You are valued and appreciated and deserve to be celebrated during this week and every day. Thank you for your unwavering contributions to the health and well-being of our communities.

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