Media Advisory: Nurses demand debate about poverty and health care in federal election campaign

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Registered nurses are demanding that poverty
and health care play a significant role in the federal election campaign.
    The Board of Directors of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario,
meeting in Toronto this week, says poverty and health care are pivotal issues
at stake in the upcoming federal election. Although nurses and the public have
heard some political parties state their views on these topics, not all have
unveiled their plans.
    RNAO says the lack of discussion about poverty reduction and about health
care is a major concern when you consider that health care remains a top
priority for Canadians, and, according to a recent Angus Reid poll, poverty is
the fourth most important factor voters will consider when they decide which
party to support.
    The nurses have scheduled a media conference this week to outline a plan
of action to persuade all party leaders to engage the public in a discussion
about these important issues.

    When:     9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
              Thursday, September 25, 2008

    Where:    Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario office
              158 Pearl Street (corner of Pearl and Duncan)
              Main Floor

    What:     Media conference on why health and poverty matter in the
              federal election campaign

    Who:      Wendy Fucile, President, RNAO
              Mary Ferguson-Paré, Past-President, RNAO
              Doris Grinspun, Executive Director, RNAO

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario is the professional
association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has
lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice,
increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care system, and
influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

For further information:

For further information: Marion Zych, Director of Communications,
Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Office: (416) 408-5605, Mobile:
(647) 406-5605

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