TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario nurses say the political parties
running for election next month lack important details in their
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) today released a
copy of a letter it presented to party leaders with a list of questions
to clarify their positions on key issues.
"We need more information on the issues that will have an impact on the
health of Ontarians over the next four years," says Doris Grinspun,
executive director of RNAO. Among those issues: guaranteeing full-time
employment to new nursing graduates to keep them in Ontario; securing
timely access to primary care and home-care services; continuing to
increase the minimum wage and develop a full-fledged affordable housing
strategy; and taking care of the environment.
Grinspun says it's unfortunate the various political parties don't offer
a lot of specifics on these issues in their proposals. "We measured
their ideas against the very detailed and specific policy
recommendations contained in our report," she says. "We feel people
need and deserve more information before they can cast their ballot,
and that's why we issued a letter with nine questions to each party
RNAO analyzed the parties' platforms in the following areas:
strengthening social determinants of health; building sustainable,
green communities; enhancing Medicare, improving access to nursing
services, and strengthening public services.
"This election is extremely important and greater debate and detail
about where each leader wants to take the province is necessary so
voters can make informed decisions," says David McNeil, president of
RNAO. A recent Nanos poll showed the top concern among voters continues
to be health care, he adds. In fact, 26 per cent of respondents cited
it as a number one priority. "Our definition of health includes the
factors that determine a person's ability to lead a healthy life,
including whether or not they have access to affordable education, a
livable wage/salary, enough healthy food on the table to feed their
family, a decent roof over their head, a greener and cleaner
environment, and a well functioning health-care system."
To view RNAO's list of questions for the party leaders and its
comparison chart, please visit: RNAO Provincial Election Resources 2011.
The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional
association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO
has advocated 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
For more information about RNAO, visit 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
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