9 in 10 Canadians Agree that Hiring More Nurses Would Address Long Wait Times for Medical Treatment

    ST JOHN'S, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The results of a new poll show that
Canadians overwhelming (90%) agree hiring more nurses to reduce waiting times
to receive medical or surgical attention.
    These are some the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of
the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) that also found a nearly
overwhelming majority of Canadians (84%) trust information that comes from
organizations representing nurses, more than the 77% who trust information
from organizations representing doctors.
    The poll, carried out from May 29 to May 31, 2007 found that trust in
nurses and doctors was significantly more than the two thirds (64%) who trust
healthcare information coming from chief executives of hospitals and other
health authorities, and the (60%) who are inclined to trust information from
the provincial minister of health, 57% from the federal minister of health
(57%) and editorial writers and commentators (51%).

    Rating the Quality of Healthcare in Canada

    When rating the quality of healthcare in Canada, three in ten (30%) rated
it as being 'very good' (25%) or 'excellent' (5%), while four in ten (38%)
said that the quality of healthcare in Canada is 'good'. Less than one third
(31%) indicated that the quality is only 'fair' (22%) or 'poor' (10%).
    "This polling information confirms Canadians understand the crucial role
nurses play in improving patient care and helping reduce wait times," said
Linda Silas, RN, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU).
    "The challenge for all governments is to find creative ways of increasing
the number of permanent nursing positions. The nursing shortage is creating a
barrier to improved access and quality patient care. Canadians trust nurses;
let governments use the knowledge and expertise of nurses to help improve
Canada's public healthcare system."

    Improving Canadian Healthcare

    Other poll results included findings that Canadians strongly agreed, or
somewhat agreed with the following proposals to improve the healthcare system:

    - Extend coverage of publicly-insured services to include access to home
      care, long-term care, mental health care and drug benefits (89%).

    - Developing a Canada-wide government financed Pharmacare program that
      would provide to Canadians most doctor-prescribed drugs without charge

    - Increasing personal taxes by about fifty dollars a year to eliminate
      for everyone up-front costs for prescription drugs such as co-pays and
      deductibles and to provide prescription drug coverage to everyone not
      now covered (62%).

    - Recruit nurses and physicians through free university tuition (67%).

    For more information on this poll, log onto www.cfnu.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Teresa Neuman, Acting Director of
Communications/Campaigns, CFNU, (613) 292-9106 (Cell); Peter D. Birt, Manager,
Public Relations, Ontario Nurses' Association, (416) 300-8415 (Cell); The CFNU
Biennial Convention is happening at the St. John's Convention Centre, Marconi

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