Nurses head to Queen's Park to shape health policy
TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2011 – As political parties gear up for this fall’s provincial election, registered nurses say the key to ensuring the health of Ontarians
is by adopting policies that will help create healthy and vibrant communities.
That’s the message more than 200 registered nurse leaders and nursing students will bring to the Ontario legislature on Thursday (Feb. 3) when they take part in the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO) 12th Annual Queen’s Park Day.
A series of policy recommendations detailed in a fully costed report titled Creating Vibrant Communities: RNAO’s Challenge to Ontario’s Political Parties will form the basis for this year’s meeting. RNAO’s proposals cover key areas including: strengthening social determinants of health; building sustainable green communities; enhancing not-for-profit Medicare; improving access to nursing services; and improving public services.
Nurses will hear from representatives of all three parties and will hold small group meetings with 60 cabinet ministers, MPPs and/or their staff.
• RNAO President David McNeil and Executive Director Doris Grinspun
• More than 200 RN leaders and nursing students
• Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care will speak at 10:30 a.m.
• Tim Hudak, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, and Health Critic Christine Elliott, will speak at 9:30 a.m.
• Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party will speak at 2:00 p.m.
• More than 60 MPPs will participate in this year’s event. They’ll meet with nurses throughout the day in small group sessions.
• RNAO’s 12th Annual Day at Queen’s ParkWHEN:
• Thursday, Feb. 3, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
• Queen’s Park, Main Legislative Building, Committee Room 228 (2nd floor)
The association’s 12th Annual Day at Queen’s Park is open to the media.
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise 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.
For more information about RNAO, visit our website at www.rnao.ca. You can also check out our Facebook page at www.rnao.ca/facebook and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rnao.
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext. 209