Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Publications & Resources

September/October 2012

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New country, no care

Nurses express outrage at the federal government’s decision to roll back health-care services for refugees.

Samantha* received regular prenatal care from an obstetrician throughout her pregnancy. With less than 10 weeks to go before her due date, the refugee claimant from Hungary was abruptly turned away from an appointment with her specialist. Shocked and confused, and suddenly without access to a health-care provider to monitor her baby’s progress, Samantha turned to Hamilton’s Centre for Newcomer Health. Whether it was confusion on the health-care provider’s part, or a legitimate denial of access, Samantha’s health was impacted: she was 35 weeks pregnant and hypertensive, thanks to almost three weeks without care

* Pseudonyms have been used to protect privacy.