TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA)
remains deeply concerned by the continuing flatlining of funding of
ONA welcomes the budget's funding for community health care, but
President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, says it must not come at the expense
of already-underfunded hospitals.
"ONA members on the front lines of health care know that our patients
are suffering as hospitals cut registered nurse care, close beds and
cut services in order to balance budgets because of inadequate
funding," says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "We continue to
call on the government to fully fund the key services that patients
must be able to access from our public hospitals. The practice of
sending patients home quicker and sicker is harming patients," she
"The reality is that there will always be patients who are seriously ill
enough to require hospital care," said Haslam-Stroud. "Cuts leave our
patients in the cold when they need hospital-based acute nursing care."
Registered nurse staffing capacity in the community sector also needs to
be built in view of the increased number of patients being sent home
from hospital faster than ever.
Years of hospital underfunding have cut millions of hours of RN care,
increasing the number of high-risk patient care situations. ONA
continues to note that this province has the second-worst
RN-to-population ratio in Canada, and needs to hire 17,500 more RNs to
catch up to the average ratio in Canada.
"We are encouraged by improved long-term care funding for residents,"
said Stroud. "However, the residents require four hours of worked
personal care per resident per day, including 0.78 RN hours, to meet
the complex care needs of residents."
ONA is the union representing 60,000 front-line registered nurses and
allied health professionals as well as more than 14,000 nursing student
affiliates providing care in Ontario hospitals, long-term care
facilities, public health, the community, industry and clinics.
SOURCE: Ontario Nurses' Association
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