NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, July 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation
of Nurses Unions is encouraged by statements from the Premiers on
health care at the summer meeting of the Council of the Federation, and
is urging governments to implement further health care strategies in
Premiers' have identified federal cuts to health care transfers as a
major concern and called on the federal government to avoid unilateral
cutbacks affecting essential public services. They cited the example of
the federal government's reduction to the Canada Health Transfer of
almost $36 billion over 10 years, compared to the current arrangements
under the 2004 Health Accord.
"We are encouraged by the premiers' sense of urgency in dealing with
these federal government cutbacks," said Linda Silas, President of the
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. "Everyday nurses see the impacts
when provinces have to cut back health care in communities across the
country. Health care is a shared responsibility, and this means all
partners need to be committed."
"As nurses' organizations representing frontline health care workers, we
would welcome the opportunity to work with every premier and minister
of health to ensure a strong future for public health care in Canada,"
The Premiers' Health Care Innovation Working Group (HCIWG), established
in January 2012, will now be co-led by Ontario, Alberta and the Yukon
for the next three years. Nurses' unions look forward to working
together with the HCIWG to build a strong health care system.
Nurses' unions across the country are advocates for appropriate and
quality care, an aging care strategy, a mental health strategy, an
Aboriginal health strategy, making prescription drugs accessible to all
Canadians, and maintaining a strong acute care sector. These are all
essential components needed to ensure a strong future for health care
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) represents close to
200,000 nurses and student nurses, working in acute care, long-term
care, home care, in public health, and community health care. The CFNU
speaks to all levels of government, other health care stakeholders and
the public about evidence-based policy options to improve patient care,
working conditions and our public health care system.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
For further information:
Linda Silas, President
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions