VICTORIA, Jan. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - While in Victoria for the Council of the
Federation meetings, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the
Canadian Medical Association (CMA) welcome the provincial Premiers'
commitment to building the best publicly-funded national health care
system, an innovation agenda and dialogue with the federal government.
"There should be no have-not Canadians when it comes to health," said
Dr. John Haggie, president, CMA. "Canada needs to once again hold its
pre-eminent position as a world leader in health and health care. We
are heartened by the Council's desire to work with health care
providers and include those for whom the system exists - Canadians."
"All levels of government need to make a pan-Canadian, patient-centred,
sustainable health-care system a priority," said Dr. Judith Shamian,
president, CNA. "Prime Minister Harper says he's willing to work with
provinces and territories if they can identify a coordinated approach.
We certainly hope the provinces and territories will adopt a common set
of health-care reform principles to guide the way for health care in
the future. "
As the premiers focus their discussions on their innovation agenda,
Canada's doctors and nurses urge them to include the unique perspective
of the frontline providers, those who provide health care to Canadians.
"We look forward to both levels of governments working together in
providing comparable high-quality levels of health services across the
country," said Dr. Haggie. "We want governments to race to the top, not
the bottom. Canadians deserve nothing less," added Dr. Shamian.
Furthermore, to truly transform the health care system, our elected
officials must adopt a long-term perspective so that Canadians are the
healthiest population and have the best health care system in the world
The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice of
registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and
territorial nursing associations and colleges representing 143,843
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.
The Canadian Medical Association is the national voice of Canadian
physicians. Founded in 1867, CMA's mission is to serve and unite the
physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with
the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health
care. The CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing
over 74,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and
territorial medical associations and 51 national medical organizations.
SOURCE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
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