McGuinty dogged by broken promises

    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - No matter what Dalton McGuinty talks about
during this election campaign he is dogged by his broken promises.
    In 2003, Dalton McGuinty promised to hire 8,000 new nurses.
    By the most generous estimates, his own, he's hired only 5,200 nurses and
that includes every part-time, temporary, and contract nurse hired in the
province over the last four years. And he refuses to admit that the jobs for
nursing graduates are guaranteed for 7.5 months only.
    In 2003, he promised to have 70% of nurses in Ontario working full-time.
It's another broken promise.
    Here's what the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario had to say about
Dalton McGuinty's promise of 70% full-time nursing jobs:

    "RNAO sees no evidence that the government is serious about honouring its
    pledge to increase to 70 per cent the number of RNs working full time,
    which is essential to ensuring continuity of patient care. Without
    targeted funding geared to this effort, we will not reach this goal and
    the quality of patient care will suffer. It is preposterous that it takes
    two years for a nursing graduate to find full-time work in this
    province." (RNAO Executive Director Doris Grinspun 23 March 2006 Budget
    News Release)

    The fact is, when it comes to supporting nurses in Ontario, Dalton
McGuinty is happy to make promises but won't back them up with the necessary
supports. Here's what Dalton McGuinty's minister of health, George Smitherman,
had to say about hospitals who said they didn't have what they needed:

    "'I'm faced to confront organizations - some of which have hundreds of
    millions (of) dollars budget - who, any time a little bit of shit hits
    the fan or hard questions are asked, squirm off the hook pretty easily
    just by saying, 'If those guys down the road just drove a Brinks truck up
    to the back door every morning, things would be OK.'"
    (Kingston Whig-Standard, November 24, 2006)

    A John Tory government will

    -  Increase investments in our public health care system by $8.5 billion
       annually by the fourth year in government.
    -  Commit to 70% full-time employment for all Registered Nurses in all
       sectors by 2010.
    -  Implement the 80/20 strategy to offer full-time registered nurses, age
       55 and over, the opportunity to spend 80% of their time on direct
       patient care and the other 20% on mentorship of new graduates and
       other professional development activities.
    -  Pilot 7 nurse-led clinics to provide community chronic disease


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