The Ontario Nurses Association will continue to fight for better health care

TORONTO, June 2, 2022 /CNW/ – The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) expresses its disappointment with the political outcome of the 2022 provincial election and thanks Ontarians who stood with nurses and voted for investments in nurses. publicly funded and delivered health care.

Despite another Conservative majority government, most Ontarians voted for parties that pledged to repeal Bill 124, take real action on the nursing shortage and defend public health care.

“Most Ontarians have stood with the nurses and health care professionals of this province and let the Ford government know that they do not support Bill 124, the privatization of the health care system and the to workers’ rights”, declared the president of the ONA Cathryn Hoy, RN “While I am disappointed with the election results, I am also inspired by the momentum created by ONA members throughout this election as they fought for a better public health care system. and stronger.”

Hoy says that as patient advocates, nurses and healthcare professionals will continue to fight for their patients, residents and clients – and for all Ontarians.

“We will not abandon our efforts to overturn Law 124, by Doug Ford unfair wage suppression legislation that has seriously aggravated the shortage of nurses,” Hoy said. “The ONA Charter challenge against this law will continue and we will continue to support our members as they speak out against the bill.

Hoy also notes that as a nonpartisan organization, the ONA remains committed to sharing the invaluable knowledge and advice of frontline workers to improve health care for all Ontarians.

“We know this province needs to act quickly to address the nursing crisis and improve from Ontario health care system now and in the future,” says Hoy. “Nurses and healthcare professionals have the knowledge and expertise to help this government do just that. Our patients, residents and clients deserve nothing less. »

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

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