Media Release: Registered nurses say province is offering bad medicine



    TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Registered nurses say the medicine Finance
Minister Dwight Duncan is asking them to swallow to help soothe the province's
economic situation comes with some harmful side-effects.
    Wendy Fucile, President of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
(RNAO), says the government's remedy, spelled out by Ontario's finance
minister earlier today, is being cast as necessary to steer the province
during troubled economic times. But she says it leaves a bad taste in the
mouths of Ontario nurses. "We're clearly disappointed with this decision.
Nurses are already grappling with a serious shortage of health professionals
and we were counting on the province to deliver on its promise to hire 9,000
nurses right away not later."
    With this announcement as well as the delay of 50 Family Health Teams,
RNAO says Ontarians will be denied access to heath care in their communities.
"People right across this province depend on nurses for the health care they
need and deserve. This announcement is a huge letdown," argues Doris Grinspun,
executive director of RNAO, adding the delays will actually cost the
government money, not save it.

    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:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with a nurse please
contact: Marion Zych, Director of Communications, Registered Nurses'
Association of Ontario, Office: (416) 408-5605, Mobile: (647) 406-5605


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