Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Nurses demand debate about poverty and health care in federal election campaign


TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2008 – Registered nurses are demanding that poverty and health care play a significant role in the federal election campaign.

The Board of Directors of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, meeting in Toronto this week, says poverty and health care are pivotal issues at stake in the upcoming federal election. Although nurses and the public have heard some political parties state their views on these topics, not all have unveiled their plans.

RNAO says the lack of discussion about poverty reduction and about health care is a major concern when you consider that health care remains a top priority for Canadians, and, according to a recent Angus Reid poll, poverty is the fourth most important factor voters will consider when they decide which party to support.

The nurses have scheduled a media conference this week to outline a plan of action to persuade all party leaders to engage the public in a discussion about these important issues.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 25, 2008

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario office
158 Pearl Street (corner of Pearl and Duncan)
Main Floor

Media conference on why health and poverty matter in the federal election campaign

Wendy Fucile, President, RNAO
Mary Ferguson-Paré, Past-President, RNAO
Doris Grinspun, Executive Director, RNAO

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario 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.

For further information contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
Office: 416-408-5605
Mobile: 647-406-5605