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$10K bonuses for Nunavut nurses drove Iqaluit lab technologists to resign – CBC

Jan 14, 2022

Bonuses were handed to Nunavut’s nurses to prevent closures of community health centres

The final straw before five of Iqaluit’s laboratory technologists resigned in the fall, was a lack of gratitude — and a $10,000 bonus — by the government of Nunavut for their work, according to the organization which certifies them.

Last week, The Globe and Mail reported five of Iqaluit’s eight lab technologists resigned in November and December.

The laboratory team at the Qikiqtani General Hospital is responsible for processing COVID-19 test results in the Qikiqtaaluk region, among other things. Territory-wide testing was curtailed recently to help free up other vital testing services, health officials said on Jan. 6. There are three technologists currently working at the lab, with another on the way.

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