TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is
pleased to see that today's Speech from the Throne includes promises to
build relationships and treat Ontario's labour force fairly and with
respect, to build a strong health care system that expands home care,
to evaluate corporate tax compliance to ensure corporations are paying
their fair share and to explore an increase in the Employer Health Tax
However, ONA - the union representing 60,000 registered nurses and
allied health professionals (many of whom work in home care) - also
believes that a commitment to creating new RN positions is vital if the
province is to have a strong health care system.
"We know that health care is a priority for Ontarians," says ONA
President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "It's part of the government's plan
to move more care into the community, yet nurses have not been seeing
much-needed new community RN positions being created to provide the
complex level of care needed. Without them, we risk patients falling
through the cracks."
Hospitals must also have staff and resources that are sufficient to meet
complex patient needs while capacity in the home care sector is being
increased, she says.
Haslam-Stroud notes the plethora of studies showing the link between an
increase in RN care and a decrease in the rates of morbidity
(complications) and mortality (death) in patients. Without more RNs in
the system, health care is at risk, she warns.
The commitment to working fairly and respectfully with labour means that
the preservation of the democratic right to collective bargaining and a
'hands-off' approach to interest arbitration must be priorities as
well, says Haslam-Stroud.
"The government and the people of Ontario need to know that union
members such as nurses are not a problem," she says. "They are the
solution for ensuring quality care for those who need it."
ONA is the union representing 60,000 registered nurses and allied health
professionals, as well as more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates
providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health,
the community, clinics and industry.
SOURCE: Ontario Nurses' Association
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