Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Health ministers must deliver on wait times and health-care workers -- and shut down two-tier health


TORONTO, Oct. 20, 2005 – Registered nurses and the public they serve will be looking for leadership – and answers – from the federal, provincial and territorial ministers of health when they gather for their annual convention in Toronto this weekend.

RNAO president Joan Lesmond and RNAO executive director Doris Grinspun will be seeking assurances from the ministers that they will meet the commitments their governments made when they signed the 10 Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care last September.

“Canadians have a right to know whether the ministers will live up to their word and deliver the goods they promised on wait times and health human resources,” said Lesmond. “And the ministers have a responsibility to ensure that public investments in improving access to health services and professionals are not siphoned off into a parallel, for-profit system,” she said.

Grinspun said it’s more urgent than ever for the ministers to safeguard our single-tier universal health-care system in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling on private health insurance.


  • Joan Lesmond, President, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
  • Doris Grinspun, Executive Director, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario


Annual Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health Conference, co-hosted by Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman and federal Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh


Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23

WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd., Toronto

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.


For more information, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Phone: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext.209
Cell: 647-406-5605