TORONTO, May 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors, nurses, and patient
advocacy groups are calling on the four political parties to make
health and health care the number one issue in this election.
"With more than 700,000 Ontarians without access to a primary care
provider, we need meaningful debate from the leaders on their plans for
improving timely access to health care," said Dr. Ved Tandan, President
of the Ontario Medical Association. "The leaders' debate on June 3rd is an important opportunity to explain their plans to Ontarians."
"The health system in Ontario is at a critical juncture with a growing
and aging population that will necessitate more services. An election
is the perfect time to discuss with Ontarians the needs of the health
system and to hear how politicians plan to partner with health
providers to best serve the public," said Dr. Doris Grinspun, Chief
Executive Officer of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario.
"At the federal level and in Quebec, they hold two televised leaders'
debates. If there's only one provincial debate in this election, and
Ontarians don't get to hear how each party plans to make health care
more accessible, coordinated and sustainable, then how can voters make
an informed choice?" said the Ontario Lung Association's Peter Glazier,
Chair of Better Care Faster, a coalition of health-based organizations
working to improve the quality and sustainability of the Ontario health
"As health-care organizations, we are committed to playing a meaningful
role in the election process by educating the parties and local
candidates on the current challenges facing the health-care system,
then working with the new government to put patients first," said Dr.
Sholom Glouberman, President of Patients Canada.
SOURCE: Ontario Medical Association
For further information:
Ontario Medical Association
1.800.268.7215, ext. 2862 (toll-free)
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
Marion Zych, Director of Communications
Christina Spencer, Communications
416.785.2500, ext. 2472 (office)
Better Care Faster