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RNAO responds to report on future of health care

The second report of the Premier's Council on Improving Health Care and Ending Hallway Medicine was released by chair Dr. Reuben Devlin on June 25. A healthy Ontario: Building a sustainable health care system lays out a vision that addresses current shortcomings in the system and offers 10 recommendations, some which nurses have proposed in submissions and meetings with the health ministry, including the association's 2012 paper  Enhancing Community Care for Ontarians.

Recommendations include being more attentive to the needs of patients, ensuring the system is easier to navigate and better connected and making primary care the foundation of an integrated health system.

RNAO statement:

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) welcomes the central conclusion of the Premier's Council: That the solution to ending hallway health care lies outside the hospital setting. Since the release of the association's Enhancing Community Care for Ontarians report in 2012, RNAO has been urging the government to adopt a person-focused, integrated health system anchored in primary care. We applaud the Premier's Council for recognizing the critical importance of care coordination. RNAO insists that registered nurses (RN), located in primary care, are best positioned to provide care coordination and system navigation to those in need of health care and related services. RNs and nurse practitioners are central to strengthening our system and optimizing the health of Ontarians. We look forward to continuing our conversation with the Premier's Council, Ministers Christine Elliott and Merrilee Fullerton to ensure that together, we fulfill the promise of a robust publicly-funded, equitable and person-centred health system.

Last Updated: 
2019-06-26