Horizon’s health care services to be disrupted by CUPE strike (Oct. 31, 2021)

Horizon has activated its patient care plan in response to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 1252 strike that was initiated today at all hospitals and facilities.

“Increasingly, we are starting to see the impacts of the CUPE strike across Horizon”, said Dr. John Dornan, Horizon’s Interim President and CEO. “We are doing everything we can to continue providing services, and will re-evaluate each day the strike continues. Our commitment throughout this strike will always be to provide safe and quality care to our patients and clients.”

Horizon will continue to provide emergency and essential health care services to patients and clients throughout the strike, and emergency departments will remain open.

Horizon needs to scale back certain health care services, and suspend other services entirely, until the strike ends.

Patients and clients can also expect longer wait times across the health system, including registration, throughout the strike.

Unless you have been notified by Horizon that your appointment remains in place, please presume it is cancelled. Physician offices located outside of a Horizon facility are not affected.

  • Horizon will continue to provide quality and safe care to all inpatients.
  • All visitation will be restricted. Designated Support Persons (DSP)s will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances, on a case by case basis.
  • Obstetrical Patients may enter through the Emergency Departments to proceed to the Labor & Delivery Unit.
  • All elective and day surgeries are cancelled.
  • All ambulatory care clinics, laboratory services and diagnostic/medical imaging exams are cancelled unless you have been notified by the department that your appointment remains in place. All routine or elective tests are cancelled at all hospitals and health centres.
  • Oncology and dialysis treatments will continue.
  • All therapeutic services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, audiology, clinical nutrition and psychology) are cancelled unless you have been notified by the department that your appointment remains in place.
  • Some health centers may be closed while others will have reduced services. Please call the facility directly to see what services are available.

The COVID-19 Assessment and Vaccination Clinics are closed today. Please continue to follow Public Health guidance you have been given.

We ask for your patience as we navigate the service disruptions caused by the CUPE strike. Please visit www.HorizonNB.ca for more information.

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For more information contact:

Kris McDavid
Media Relations