OTTAWA, April 26 /CNW/ - Canada's nurses united their voices today in a
call to Canadians, urging them to make health care their top priority
at the ballot box. Professional nursing associations, unions,
educators, administrators and students have all come together to
impress upon the electorate that this is a crucial election for the
future of health care.
The winner of the May 2 election will lead negotiations for the next
10-year health accord between federal, provincial and territorial
governments. Each of the parties has held out its vision for health
care as well as its future spending and investment priorities. It'll
soon be up to Canadians to decide which vision will best serve the
needs of their families for the next decade and beyond.
As every vote cast will help determine which direction medicare will
take, this election is an important opportunity for Canadians to weigh
in on a subject that touches us all in a very direct and profound way.
"All voters need to act at this critical juncture," said Judith
Shamian, president of the Canadian Nurses Association. "Optimally, our
next government will guide health system transformation to set
strategic targets and health goals for our nation - and to invest in
the tools that will enable us to get there."
Health system transformation is at the top of the agenda for Canada's
nurses, who, Shamian added, are planning to launch a national expert
commission in the lead up to the accord.
"The challenges faced by provincial and territorial health systems are
remarkably similar. The accord negotiations represent an opportunity to
tackle them as national issues, with national solutions - instead of
re-inventing the wheel 13 times," said Linda Silas, president of the
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions.
Which political party best reflects your vision for health care?
Canada's nurses are standing together to ask Canadian families to keep
that question in mind on May 2.
SOURCE CANADIAN NURSES ASSOCIATION
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Canadian Nurses Association
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