SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

September 30, 2015 16:07 ET

Canada's Nurses Calling on Federal Liberals to Expand Health Care Vision

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - September 30, 2015) - Today the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is calling on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to expand his health care platform commitments.

Canada's Nurses welcome today's Liberal commitments to home care, including investments of $3 billion over the next four years. Other Liberal commitments were made on mental health, innovation and pledging to work with the provinces to establish a new Health Accord. The CFNU is concerned that without the Liberal Party committing to dedicated funds in these areas, the possibility to reach these health care goals is limited. This is why Canada's Nurses are calling on Liberal Leader Trudeau to be more clear on his commitment to health care and expand his health care platform to include more investment.

"Canada's Nurses are very supportive of the Liberal commitment to home care as clearly necessary, given our aging population," said CFNU President Linda Silas, "The CFNU would also support more investment by the Liberal Party in other key health care areas as outlined in our previous letter to all parties."

Early in this election campaign, the CFNU sent letters to political leaders asking that they provide Canadians with a clear commitment to health care. Canada's nurses asked each leader to articulate an actionable plan on four key health care issues:

  • A national prescription drug plan;
  • A safe seniors' strategy;
  • A national health human resources plan; and
  • A commitment to fund 25% of all health care spending by provinces and territories by 2025.

Today's health care announcement follows the Green Party and NDP commitments earlier this month. Canadians have yet to hear a health care plan put forward by the Conservatives.

The Greens and NDP promised new investment in a national prescription drug plan. The NDP also committed to restoring the Conservative health transfer funding cuts which reduce flows to the provinces by $43.5 billion over the next eight years. All opposition parties have pledged to invest in health care for seniors.

"A stronger commitment by the Liberal Party would put opposition parties in alignment on key health care commitments. On prescription drugs Canada's nurses have watched as high costs have forced our patients to choose between feeding their families and filling their prescriptions," said Silas. "It's shameful that all developed countries with public health care systems, except Canada, provide universal coverage for prescriptions and spend 15%-60% less on prescription drugs than we currently do."

Canada's nurses will continue to press all political parties on health care before Canadians head to the polls on October 19 and after a new government is elected.

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is Canada's largest nurses' organization representing nearly 200,000 nurses and student nurses. The CFNU has been advocating for national discussions on key health priorities, such as a national prescription drug plan, a comprehensive approach to long-term and continuing care, greater attention to health human resources, and federal government engagement on the future of public health care.

Contact Information

  • For media inquiries please contact:

    Emily Doer
    Communications Officer
    Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
    613-807-1340
    edoer@nursesunions.ca