TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2010 – A provincial election may be 20 months away but Ontario nurses kick-started the campaign today by unveiling a set of comprehensive policy recommendations it wants provincial political parties to adopt when developing their platforms.
The report titled Creating Vibrant Communities: RNAO’s Challenge to Ontario’s Political Parties was released at Queen’s Park by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO).
The province is at a critical juncture,” explains President Wendy Fucile. “The effects of the recession make this election even more important because nurses know from their practice that many things affect one’s ability to be healthy. Tackling poverty and creating a cleaner environment, for example, are essential. We also have important recommendations to strengthen our health-care system and improve access to nursing services.”
RNAO’s report outlines recommendations in six key areas:
Strengthening Social Determinants, Equity and Healthy Communities
Building Sustainable, Green Communities
Improving Access to Nursing Services
Building a Nursing Career in Ontario
Embracing our Democracy and Strengthening Public Services
RNAO’s Executive Director Doris Grinspun says nurses are aware of the fiscal realities but past deficits in the 1990’s lead to cost-cutting agendas that affected the lives of thousands of Ontarians from people on social assistance to nurses and other public sector workers. “We can’t go back to those days. We have to look ahead and build the kind of society in which no one is left behind. Vibrant communities are built on the ideas in this report. We know this can be done and we want to inspire bold leadership from the political party that wants to form the next government.”
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.
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Director of Communications
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