The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has expressed its approval of the federal government’s commitment to providing funding in a new health-care agreement for the province of Ontario. They welcome this funding as a much-needed addition to the public health-care system. However, they question whether the Ford government will direct the funds to where they are most needed – to invest in the public system, not the for-profit, private corporations.
Despite repeated misleading statements made by Health Minister Sylvia Jones that Ontario added 80,000 new nurses, Ontario continues to have the fewest RNs per capita in Canada. ONA President Erin Ariss, RN, also notes that if there are so many new nurses, why is it that hundreds of emergency departments continue to close due to nurse staffing shortages? The premier spoke glowingly about getting shovels in the ground and clinics performing procedures, all of which fails to improve what’s happening across the province when it comes to access to the system our patients need and deserve.
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is a union representing more than 68,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals and 18,000 nursing student affiliates. They provide care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community centers, clinics and industry settings. ONA will continue to speak out and demand real accountability and improvements to the public system.