Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

June 05, 2005 11:30 ET

Nurse target premiers' August meeting

Nurses to press premiers at August meeting to finish job they started at Summit Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor REGINA/SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - June 5, 2005) - "Getting the premiers to finish the job they started must be our top priority," said Linda Silas, president of Canada's largest organization of nurses, CFNU. This morning Silas addressed 500 nurses at the CFNU's 12th Biennial Convention in Regina. Last July Silas influenced the premiers gathering at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario to take on Pharmacare.

"Some Premiers might think they did their job last September with the new Health Care Accord and that we should just move on. Well, I have a surprise for them, it's not done," said Silas.

"Enough money to fix the system was pledged at the Health Care Summit last September. But, there are no standards for spending. There are no consequences for misspending - the deal has no teeth! It does not mandate spending on not-for-profit health care only. It's vague on Home Care. The deal only 'studies' Pharmacare. Meanwhile, drug costs are skyrocketing.

"They also promised to cut treatment waiting times as the accord's top priority. This cannot be done without more nurses and other health care providers. But there is no human resource plan - no strategy.

"This isn't good enough. This isn't what Canadians need. OK, they've had a year. If they complete what they started, then the health care system can be fixed too. No fix and the problems will continue," warned Silas.

Silas indicated that nurses across the country will plan events this summer to bring this message home to each province's premier.

CFNU holds its 12th Biennial Convention in Regina today and tomorrow. The convention hosts over 500 delegate-nurses and features addresses by two of the US's foremost experts on health care policy: former editors the New England Journal of Medicine and educators at Harvard Medical School, Arnold S Relman, MD, and Marcia Angell, MD. Former Maclean's editor and long time CBC talk show host Michael Enright will also address the delegates.
/For further information: Tom O'Brien, Communications Director, 613-294-3592. Teresa Neuman, Communications Representative, 613-292-9106/ IN: HEALTH, LABOUR, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Linda Silas, President, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
    Primary Phone: 613-294-3592
    Secondary Phone: 613-292-9106
    E-mail: tobrien@nursesunions.ca