Media Advisory - Front-Line Nurses to Make Submission to Standing Committee: ONA Says Bill 171 Threatens Nurses' Privacy, Ignores SARS Key Recommendations

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) 1st
Vice-President Vicki McKenna, RN, will make a submission to the Standing
Committee on Social Policy today regarding front-line nurses' concerns with
Bill 171 - the Health Systems Improvement Act, 2006.
    McKenna will tell the Standing Committee that the proposed legislation
ignores key recommendations in Justice Archie Campbell's final report on SARS
- to expressly adopt the precautionary principle in the Health Protection and
Promotion Act, as well as all relevant health statutes, and to integrate
worker health and safety into the new Ontario agency for health protection and
    ONA also believes that provisions in the Bill require publication of
personal health information of nurses that contravene the fundamental rights
of nurses, both under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter
of Rights and Freedoms.
    While supportive of achieving greater transparency in health care, ONA
believes personal health information is highly sensitive and private and must
not be posted on a website for anyone to access, as the Bill proposes.

    ONA is the union representing 53,000 registered nurses and allied health
professionals working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public
health, the community and industry.

    What:     Ontario Nurses' Association Submission on Bill 171

    When:     Monday, April 23, 2007 at 3:30 pm.

    Where:    Committee Room 1, Queen's Park

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, cellular: (416) 986-8240; Melanie Levenson, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2369

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