Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

January 27, 2005 15:24 ET

Decter's right: Fixing shortage of nurses & doctors key to renewal

Nurses' take on Health Council report Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 27, 2005) - For immediate release 27 January 2005

"Decter's right: Fixing the shortage of nurses & doctors is key to renewal"

Ottawa: "The National Health Council has done Canadians a great service," said the President of the largest organization of nurses in Canada, Linda Silas, RN. "They correctly identified health care's top problems and shown the way forward," she said.

Today upon release of the National Health Council report, Health Care Renewal in Canada, Council Chair Michael Decter said, "If you don't have enough people to run them [hospitals & other health care settings] you can't meet public demand...We think in the case of health human resources, they're [governments] are not moving fast enough."

The shortage of health care professionals was cited as a serious problem in the National Health Accord of 2000 and again in the National Nursing Strategy and again in the Canadian Nursing Advisory Committee Report and again in the Romanow Report and again in the National Health Care Summit of 2004.

"Decter and the council members are to be commended for keeping their frustration in check. Clearly, the pace at which governments are attacking this problem is way, way too slow. And this in turn jeopardizes all health care renewal.

"It will take a concerted national approach, as Decter, nurses and doctors and so many others have said. We sincerely hope that the council can take Canada where none have gone before - to quick, effective action," concluded Silas.

CFNU will bring this message directly to Members of Parliament on February 15 in a Parliament Hill breakfast featuring Dr Hugh Scully and Dr Gail Tomblin-Murphy.

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Contact Information

  • Linda Silas, President, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
    Primary Phone: 613-526-4661 ext. 224
    Secondary Phone: 613-859-4314
    Toll-Free: 800-321-9821
    E-mail: linda.silas@nursesunions.ca