Ontario Nurses Association Congratulates Provincial Ministers of Health and Long-Term Care

Says a concerted and collaborative effort is needed to address the nursing shortage

TORONTO, June 242022 /CNW/ – The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) Congratulates New Minister of Health and Deputy Premier Sylvia Jones and reappointed Minister of Long-Term Care/Legislative Affairs and Government, Paul Calander. ONA looks forward to focusing on addressing the serious shortage of nurses in the province.

“The ONA welcomes Sylvia Jones to its portfolios and wishes the Ford firm all the best in its new functions”, declared the president of the ONA Cathryn Hoy, RN “The ONA and its 68,000 frontline nurses and healthcare workers have been frustrated by the impact of Bill 124 and are seeking fairness in their wages and working conditions in the years to come. The ONA notes that the Ford government promises to work with nurses and healthcare workers and we hope this translates into meaningful action. »

Hoy adds that while the ONA and the government may not agree on the challenges posed by the nursing shortage, she looks forward to forging a positive and productive partnership to improve healthcare for all, tackle to the shortage of nurses that is rife Ontario for two decades and ensuring that our patients, residents and clients can receive the quality care they need and deserve.

“It’s no secret that there are many challenges ahead,” Hoy says. “As the union representing tens of thousands of front-line nurses and healthcare professionals, ONA is an essential partner as this government tackles critical issues facing our public health care system. As nurses and healthcare professionals, it is our role to advocate for our patients, residents and clients, and there is no doubt that a concerted effort is needed to improve the system. We are committed to bringing our experience, knowledge and expertise to the table, to working with this government to improve the system now and in the future.”

The ONA is the union that represents more than 68,000 registered nurses and health professionals, and 18,000 affiliated nursing students, who provide care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community, clinics and industry.

SOURCE Ontario Nurses Association

Andrew B. Reiter