TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2007 – As Canadian Medical Association president Brian Day makes a stop in Toronto this Friday, nurses will provide their perspective on how to strengthen, not dismantle, Canada’s universally accessible health-care system.
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is concerned that Day, the founder of a private surgical hospital in Vancouver, will use a speech he is making at the Empire Club of Canada on Friday to espouse what he sees as the solutions to our health-care system’s challenges. During his inaugural address at the CMA convention this summer, Day said private insurance can be used as a solution to wait times, and spoke in favour of a market model to fund hospitals.
Prior to Day’s speech, RNAO will be joined by a member of the Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens’ Organizations and the Ontario Health Coalition. They will argue that there are plenty of publicly funded solutions that will ensure health care remains accessible to all.
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied 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.