Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Speaking Notes/Submissions

  • January 19, 2017

    Good morning:

    My name is Kim Jarvi and I am the acting director of nursing and health policy with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario.

  • January 19, 2017

    At a pre-budget consultation in Brampton on Jan. 19, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) presented 29 recommendations to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

    RNAO estimates the recommendations could save the province millions while investing in the health of Ontarians.

    One of our recommendations calls for better wound care practices. Investment in wound prevention and treatment today would save the government millions of dollars and stop hundreds of unnecessary amputations every year for people with diabetes and prevent needless suffering. Pressure relief (offloading) devices -- that cost anywhere between $100 and $1,500 per person -- are not funded by the government. The average cost of an amputation is about $74,000.

    Other recommendations include better health promotion, affordable housing, raising the minimum wage, removing practice barriers so NPs can prescribe controlled substances and allowing RNs to write prescriptions to improve timely access to care.

  • December 22, 2016

    Dear Minister Flynn,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) welcomes the Dec. 15, 2016 announcement that Ontario will hire 239 additional staff to increase supports for inmates, "particularly those with significant challenges related to long-term segregation." The hiring of an additional 22 nurses and 22 mental health nurses is a step in the right direction. The reality, however, is that chronic and severe nursing understaffing across the provincial correctional system must be addressed in an urgent and systematic way.

  • December 21, 2016

    Dear Minister Hoskins,

    I am writing you about a campaign that RNAO endorses and for which we would like your support.

    As a physician who has worked with refugees you have witnessed firsthand the horrible impact when people cannot get access to the health care they need. As a humanitarian committed to health equity, your work demonstrates a commitment to ensuring that all people receive the services they need to be healthy and well.

  • December 5, 2016

    Dear Minister Duclos,

    We are writing on behalf of our respective organizations about how Service Canada could improve access to Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) benefits by adopting a more consistent and inter-professional approach which allows registered nurses (RN) and nurse practitioners (NP) to complete CPP-D medical reports without restrictions.

  • December 2, 2016

    Dear Minister Hoskins,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) recently had the privilege of meeting with the Hon. David Orazietti, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, about ways to improve health outcomes and improve human rights within correctional facilities. Minister Orazietti suggested we speak to you about these ideas to address the severe health inequities affecting some of Ontario's most marginalized people.

  • November 25, 2016

    Dear Sean:

    RNAO is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. We appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback on regulation proposal 16-HLTC011 pertaining to the Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2016 (QCIPA)

  • November 23, 2016

    Good afternoon to you all.

    My name is Carol Timmings. I am a registered nurse and the president of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. As the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario, we thank you for the opportunity to provide advice regarding Bill 41.

  • November 23, 2016

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students in all settings and roles across Ontario. RNAO extends its gratitude to the standing committee for the opportunity to review Bill 41: Patients First Act, 2016 and offer recommendations to enhance it.

  • November 11, 2016

    Dear Ed,

    Many thanks for inviting us to speak with you on October 19. We had an excellent conversation and as requested we are following up in writing.

    On October 7, Health Minister Hoskins released an open letter to you, seeking a value assessment of Ontario’s e-health assets and recommendations on maximizing the value of those assets “by improving how care is delivered, the patient experience in interacting with the health care system and, indirectly, through the economic value that is created for Ontario's economy.” You were approached in your capacity as the Premier’s Business Advisor and Chair of the Advisory Council on Government Assets.