A laser-like focus on person-centred care, same-day access to a health provider, and better health outcomes is what Ontarians can expect if politicians heed the advice of nurses.
That vision is laid out in a blueprint. Charting a course for the health system and nursing in Ontario takes a comprehensive look at the province's health system, and sets out recommendations related to the system's five key sectors, including public health, primary care, hospital care, home care, and rehab, complex and long-term care. The vision provides short, medium and longer-term recommendations for each sector, which examine how care is delivered, who delivers it and where it should be delivered.
Among the recommendations:
• Addressing the social inequities that result in poverty and prevent hundreds of thousands of Ontarians from being healthy
• Providing the environmental leadership that is essential to keep people healthy and free of toxics
• Anchoring the health system in primary care and guaranteeing people access to a health provider 24/7
• Shifting the focus of hospitals to caring for the seriously ill and those requiring elective surgery
• Providing around-the-clock home care and support services
• Implementing minimum staffing standards in all long-term care homes
• Expanding the authority of Local Health Integration Networks to include whole-system planning, funding, monitoring and evaluation
See the vision website , or get the document(s) below.