Improving Health for All

Nurses urge all parties to:

  • Locate care co-ordination and RN care coordinators in primary care settings
  • Require that all new nursing hires in tertiary, quaternary and cancer care hospitals be RNs
  • Require that all first home health care visits be provided by an RN
  • Legislate health human resource standards in long-term care so that there is at least one NP for every 120 residents, and a staffing mix that consists of 20 per cent RNs, 25 per cent RPNs, and no more than 55 per cent personal support workers
  • Ensure nurse practitioners work to their full scope by authorizing them to perform point-of-care testing, order all diagnostic imaging and ECGs, complete all medical forms for mental health services, and by expanding their authority to certify a death
  • Ensure RNs can order lab tests, communicate a diagnosis and prescribe medications for common ailments
  • Integrate RN prescribing into the baccalaureate nursing curriculum by 2021
  • Allow RNs to continue initiating the controlled act of psychotherapy

Nurses urge all parties to:

  • Implement a universal, single-payer pharmacare program that covers all medically necessary prescriptions without deductibles, co-payments, user fees, and means testing
  • Invest $10 million to support oral care for low income adults and seniors
  • Continue to support the use of evidencebased practices in long-term care homes to promote and sustain improvements in resident health; and review funding models in long-term care so that funding is not cut when homes deliver better outcomes
  • Provide every Ontarian with their personal health record
  • Work with Indigenous communities and their leaders to tackle basic social determinants of health, and prevent child and youth suicide

Nurses urge all parties to:

  • Maintain the commitment to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2019, with no exemptions for age or sector
  • Invest one per cent of Ontario’s budget ($1.5 billion) to build new affordable, accessible housing and fix existing units in need of repair
  • Create 30,000 supportive housing units for people with mental health and addiction challenges over 10 years
  • Work with other levels of government to address homelessness and ensure adequate shelter space

Nurses urge all parties to:

  • Ensure that the provincial carbon pricing system allows Ontario to meet its greenhouse gas emission targets
  • Make polluters pay for the full cost of the pollution they create
  • Work with federal and municipal governments to ensure dedicated and sustainable revenue sources to pay for the expansion of transit and active transportation

Nurses urge all parties to:

  • Build a more progressive tax system
  • Increase sources of revenue that encourage environmental and social responsibility
  • Reject the sale of any publicly-owned crown corporations and government assets
  • Ensure transparency and accountability in all fiscal measures and transactions

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