Ontario Nurses' Association Disappointed with Sharkey Report: Review of Long-Term Care Fails to Ensure Minimum Standard of Care

    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is
disappointed that the Sharkey Review of long-term care in the province has
failed to recommend a regulation requiring a minimum standard of nursing and
personal care for residents and failed to ensure an adequate number of
registered nurses are there to provide the increasingly complex care that our
seniors require.
    "The government had promised that a regulation would be passed ensuring a
minimum standard of care for the thousands of residents of long-term care,"
notes ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "The report has failed to ensure
that this promise is kept, and ONA remains extremely concerned that residents
may not receive the appropriate number of hours of care from registered nurses
that they need."
    ONA will provide input to a new advisory group that will develop local
staffing plan templates and provide feedback to the Ontario Health Quality
Council, that will be charged with the responsibility of measuring and
publicly reporting on quality of care and resident satisfaction and advise on
resident care areas.
    "Of the 4,500 new nursing and personal support worker positions
previously announced for long-term care by the government, none are registered
nurse positions," says Haslam-Stroud. "We know that our long-term care
residents are living longer and developing increasingly complex health care
needs. To reduce disease and unnecessary deaths, our residents would be
well-served by having the skills and experience of registered nurses available
as part of their health-care team. It's imperative that this aspect of
resident care be addressed quickly."

    ONA is the union representing 54,000 registered nurses and allied health
professionals working in hospitals, long-term care, public health, the
community and industry.
    ONA is celebrating 35 years of nursing advocacy - a proud past, a
powerful future.

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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