Urge Ontario to ensure fair compensation for primary care NPs and RNs
Compensation for NPs and RNs in primary care lags behind that of their peers in other sectors. An $85 million government investment in primary care is a welcome first step, but we must ensure enough money reaches NPs and RNs to deliver pay equity.
In October 2016, the government announced the details of its $85.4 million commitment over three years for interprofessional primary care organizations, and RNAO welcomed this as significant progress towards remedying pay inequities for NPs and RNs in that sector. The money was promised in the 2016 budget, and it will flow retroactively from April 1, 2016. Health-care organizations on the receiving end of this funding include NP-led clinics, community health centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres, family health teams and other programs serving rural and northern communities. The announcement was important because NPs and RNs in primary care are not compensated equitably, compared to their colleagues in other sectors. For example, primary care NPs’ compensation had been frozen for up to a decade, leaving their annual compensation up to $20,000 behind other NPs.
Despite the welcome funding announcement, this compensation gap hasn't closed. This makes it difficult to recruit and retain the NPs and RNs needed to anchor the system in primary care and fulfill the Ministry of Health’s desire to shift more care to the community. More than 140 of RNAO’s leaders are heading to Queen’s Park next week and we need the voice of all our 41,000 RNs, NPs and nursing students to be heard.
Tell Health Minister Hoskins and Premier Wynne that compensation for NPs and RNs in primary must fully catch up with that of their peers in other sectors.
Copies will be sent to:
Premier Kathleen Wynne
Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Jeff Yurek, PC Health Critic
Frances Gelinas, NDP Health Critic