TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's largest nurses' union commends
Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) editor in chief Dr.
Rajendra Kale for his editorial calling for patient, rather than parking, centered health care.
"Parking fees charged by hospitals can be a barrier to health care and
this barrier should be addressed," said Vicki McKenna, RN, First
Vice-President of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA).
"Our union's members regularly experience patients who self-ration their
access to health care because of exorbitant parking fees levied by
public hospitals in Ontario."
"What's even more absurd is that hospitals generate revenue from parking
fees because of insufficient government funding."
"ONA and other hospitals workers' unions would be happy to work with
Ontario's hospitals in pushing governments to fully fund the cost of
our valued public health care system," said McKenna, addressing
concerns raised by one particular high-profile critic of the CMAJ
"Nurses welcome a thoughtful discussion on this important public policy
matter which is essentially about what can be done to remove
unnecessary and arbitrary barriers to health care."
ONA is the union representing 57,000 front-line RNs and allied health
professionals and more than 13,000 nursing student affiliates providing
care in Ontario communities, hospitals, long-term care facilities,
public health, industry and clinics.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association
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