TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Registered nurses in Ontario are eager to work
with Dr. Jeff Turnbull, the new president of the Canadian Medical
Association (CMA), to strengthen our publicly-funded and not-for profit
health-care system by improving access, and making it more
patient-centred and cost-efficient. David McNeil, president of the
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), says nurses are
pleased that during his inaugural address Turnbull explicitly endorsed
the principles of the Canada Health Act and stated that he understands
its importance to Canadians. McNeil adds that it is now up to Turnbull
to ensure that CMA's policies and values - not only his own - are
aligned with the Canadian public.
In an Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by the CMA and released this week, 75
per cent of Canadians gave the overall quality of health-care services a
grade of A or B, up from 74 per cent in 2009 and 73 per cent in 2008.
"Turnbull was very accurate when he said that 'public health care forms
the bedrock of our system of Canadian values,' " says McNeil.
"Nurses are also encouraged that Turnbull, who provides clinical care to
Ottawa's homeless population, deeply understands the impact that social
determinants such as poverty, housing and nutrition have on people's
health. We are ready to collaborate with Turnbull and other physicians
to make equity and social justice in Canada a reality," says Doris
Grinspun, Executive Director of RNAO.
Grinspun states that by focusing on common principles and values, nurses
and physicians can become a powerful force for positive system
improvements. "Together we can fully utilize the knowledge, skills and
competencies of all health professionals to optimize patient,
organization and system outcomes," says Grinspun, adding that Turnbull's
priority to move from a narrow focus on acute care to modern,
progressive solutions in areas such as chronic care, long-term care and
home-based care is shared by nurses. "These, as well as primary health
care and national pharmacare, are areas we must strengthen as partners,"
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional
association representing registered nurses wherever they practise 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 more information about RNAO, visit our website at www.rnao.org.
You can also check out our Facebook page at www.rnao.org/facebook
and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rnao.
SOURCE Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
For further information: For further information:
Jill-Marie Burke, Communications Officer/Writer
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO)
Phone: 416-408-5606 / 1-800-268-7199 ext. 250