TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2008 – A top nursing organization is calling on all parties to put health and health care on the agenda during this federal election campaign.
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) says the issue consistently ranks as a top concern among Canadians. For example, in a recent Angus Reid poll, 78 per cent of respondents said health care is a very important factor they consider when deciding which party to support. Yet, so far in this campaign, the issue is not getting the attention it deserves.
In a report being released today called Putting Health First, RNAO pinpoints the crucial areas that shape and influence an individual’s ability to be healthy. It outlines policies and programs that would create healthier communities, promote a healthy environment, build a stronger public health-care system, and provide better access to health-care professionals.
“Registered nurses know that issues such as poverty, affordable housing and the environment are crucial in determining one’s health,” says RNAO President Wendy Fucile. “It’s a national disgrace that one in 12 children live in poverty in this country. Our recommendations look at what needs to be done now to reverse this inequality.”
RNAO’s report also examines the investments needed to strengthen and sustain Canada’s publicly funded health-care system.
“Our proposals set the stage for an important discussion that has been lacking in this campaign, and we urge the federal political parties to take a serious look at our recommendations and adopt them in their election platforms,” says RNAO Executive Director Doris Grinspun. “We also want voters to know where nurses stand on issues that will determine what kind of country we live in.”
Key recommendations in the report include:
The association’s full report can be found at RNAO’s website at www.rnao.ca .
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses 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.-30-