July 24-26, 2013
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The CFNU President Linda
Silas and representatives of Canada's provincial nurses unions will be
present in Niagara-on-the-Lake during the Council of Federation
meetings this week. They will be urging the premiers to continue the
important work they started on health care at last year's Council of
the Federation meeting.
On Thursday, July 25, the CFNU will host a breakfast where health care
experts Dr. Marc-André Gagnon and Dr. Steve Morgan will brief the media
and political advisors about the need to create a national Pharmacare
program. The briefing will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. in
the Olde Library at the Pillar and Post Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
"Nurses believe that implementing a universal Pharmacare program,
enhancing innovative services for continuing care, and developing a
coordinated health human resource strategy are essential components in
building a strong economy," said Silas.
Nurses unions representatives will also participate in the Shadow Summit
organized by the Ontario Health Coalition, Niagara Health Coalition and
Canadian Health Coalition on July 24 and 25 at St. Mark's Anglican
Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
"Our governments spend more than 200 billion dollars each year on health
care, more than in any other single area, yet there is only 30 minutes
on the official agenda devoted to discussing how our governments can
better work together to provide quality health care," said Silas.
Silas urged the premiers to be bold and to continue to work together to
create a national Pharmacare program that meets the needs of Canadians
and to press the federal government to negotiate a new health accord
with the provinces.
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is Canada's largest
nurses organization representing almost 200,000 nurses and student
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
For further information:
Contact: Anil Naidoo, 613-986-5409