Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO calls for a fundamental re-think of Ontario's health system and charts a course for the future


Toronto, Apr. 28, 2014 – The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is set to unveil a blueprint for a health system that it says will deliver more timely access to quality care, greater efficiency, and that will sustain it for the future.

RNAO's board of directors says its vision, Charting a course for the health system and nursing in Ontario, is not about privatization, user fees or medical tourism. Instead, it calls for shifting the health system from one that is mainly focused on illness care to one that focuses more on helping Ontarians to be and stay healthy. The recommendations the association offers cover five sectors of the health system, including public health, primary care, hospital care, home care and rehab, complex and long-term care. RNAO’s vision lists recommendations that cover short, medium and long-term time spans.

The association says the changes look at every aspect of the health system, from how care is delivered, to who delivers it and where it should be delivered.

Rhonda Seidman-Carlson, President, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
Vanessa Burkoski, President-Elect, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
Doris Grinspun, Chief Executive Officer, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario

RNAO unveils its vision for a future health system: Charting a course for the health system and nursing in Ontario

Wednesday, April 30, 9:30 a.m.

Queen’s Park Media Studio, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

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Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
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