TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario's top professional nursing
organization is calling on the Health Minister to reject the proposed
sale of Shouldice Hospital to a large for-profit conglomerate.
Members of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) have
consistently called on governments of all political stripes to affirm
their commitment to the Canada Health Act and the fundamental principle of a single-tier, not-for-profit
That's why RNAO is asking its members to write to Health Minister Deb
Matthews to block the proposed sale of Shouldice Hospital, which is
based in Thornhill. Centric Health, a rapidly growing health products
company, recently announced its intention to purchase the hospital,
well-known for the treatment of hernias. Centric is controlled by
U.S.-based Global Healthcare Investments and Solutions (GHIS), one of
the largest private, for-profit health-care companies in the world.
Shouldice Hospital is family-founded and operated and predates the Canada Health Act. That's why it was "grand-parented" when the act came into effect in
1984 but subject to the understanding that clinics and hospitals in
Ontario must be publicly-funded and not-for-profit.
RNAO's Chief Executive Officer Doris Grinspun says more than 1,000
nurses have already written letters protesting the sale. "Ontarians do
not need care that cuts corners to maximize returns for shareholders or
companies that provide faster access for those who can afford it while
leaving others behind in the queue. This is not only wrong; it is
totally unconscionable and unacceptable."
"The Minister has made it clear she wants to shift more procedures out
of hospital and into not-for-profit community-based clinics. This
principle is outlined in the government's Action Plan for Health Care," says Rhonda Seidman-Carlson, president of RNAO, adding that "now is
the Minister's time to put words into action."
Seidman-Carlson says there are examples of non-profit community clinics
such as Toronto's Kensington Eye Institute, which provides high-quality
eye care through Ontario's Health Insurance Plan. "We urge the Minister
to block this sale and commit to the delivery of health services on a
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario is the professional
association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO
has advocated 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
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SOURCE: Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
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