Federal health minister launches advisory panel
TORONTO, June 24, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
welcomes the federal government's launch today of an advisory panel on
innovation in health care that will consult broadly with Canadians on
how to make better use of existing health-care resources to improve
services and health outcomes for patients.
"Canada's nurses, like so many other health-care providers, are strong
proponents of finding creative, forward-thinking innovations in health
care," said CNA president Dr. Karima Velji, following her attendance at
the advisory panel launch. "While we agree that it's necessary to find
creative ways to improve patient care, enhance health outcomes and
reduce costs, this must be done while protecting and strengthening our
publicly funded, not-for-profit health-care system."
CNA is pleased the advisory panel will gather ideas and perspectives
from a broad range of Canadians, including provincial and territorial
representatives, health-care professionals, patients and consumers,
aboriginal leaders, entrepreneurs and others.
Members of the advisory panel come from within and outside the
health-care sector, allowing for a unique mix of expertise and
experiences. The panel will include two registered nurses (RNs):
Francine Girard, dean and associate professor in the faculty of nursing
sciences at the Université de Montréal, and Chris Power, president and
chief executive officer of Capital Health in Nova Scotia. "This is an
opportunity for the nursing profession to contribute expertise and
insight to this national work on health-care innovation," Velji said.
CNA believes it's important for the advisory panel to build upon the
efforts of the Council of the Federation's health-care innovation
working group and the work of other health-care professions. In
particular, CNA encourages the advisory panel to look at existing
innovations that have been successfully implemented in Canada and
abroad, as they could possibly be scaled up across the health-care
system in Canada.
CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A
federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and
colleges representing 151,404 registered nurses, CNA advances the
practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and
strengthen Canada's publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.
SOURCE: Canadian Nurses Association
For further information:
Kate Headley, External Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Telephone: 613-237-2159, ext. 561