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ADDING THOUSANDS MORE NURSES FOR A MORE CARING ONTARIO

Posted on 17 May 2018 by admin

Premier Wynne Highlights Hiring Commitment during National Nursing Week

TORONTO — A re-elected Liberal government would add 3,500 more nurses to Ontario’s health care system this year, delivering better care for people at home and in the community.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement today at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where she toured an oncology unit. The Premier was taking part in the Registered Nurses’ of Ontario Association’s “Take Your Politician to Work Day” during National Nursing Week.

In the 2018 Budget, Ontario Liberals boosted hospital funding by 4.6 percent, or $822 million, this year to help ensure Ontario’s nurses have the resources they need to improve access to care and better serve patients across the province. The Liberals also committed to reaching a provincial average of four hours of care for seniors in long-term care homes, beginning with hiring one additional registered nurses for each of the province’s 627 long-term care homes.

Taken together, the Liberals are hiring 3,500 nurses this year across the health system, including 2,500 nurses in hospital settings, with a priority on hiring registered nurses.

A re-elected Liberal government is also committed to:

•          Continuing to work with nursing and health system partners to ensure nursing vacancies are filled quickly and full-time work is prioritized.

•          Continuing to make health care settings safe for patients and health care providers by implementing the recommendations of the Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Leadership Table.

•          Developing a health workforce planning strategy and ensure health care providers have a seat at the table.

 The Doug Ford Conservatives will cut billons from the services people depend on — like health care, education and transit – while rewarding the rich with unnecessary corporate tax cuts. The NDP have no plan to strengthen Ontario’s economy – which supports the services people depend on – and they would slam businesses with a huge tax hike. Only the Ontario Liberals will build a stronger economy that supports strong public services.

The Liberal plan expands publicly funded prescription drugs to one in two people in Ontario, makes the largest mental health care investment in Canadian history, builds a record amount of transit, boosts hospital funding, helps more people go to college or university with publicly funded tuition and lets more parents go back to work by funding preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten. Ontario’s economy is the strongest it has been in two decades, but that growth and the care and services it funds are at risk this election.

 

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