Taking Action in the Provincial Legislature at Queen’s Park
This past spring our nurses returned to Queen’s Park in Toronto—the place where the government passes important health care laws and regulations—to host another luncheon reception for our Members of Provincial Parliament and their staff members. Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, warmly welcomed our nurses to the legislature. The Minister called Ontario’s RPNs “absolutely outstanding,” thanked them for caring so well for Ontario’s patients, and reiterated his government’s commitment to work with our nurses on the scope-of-practice changes that we recommend in order to help ensure patients receive faster access to the right care.
The luncheon following Minister Hoskins’s comments in the legislature gave Ontario’s RPNs the chance to meet in person with Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister Hoskins, MPP John Fraser (Parliamentary Assistant to the Health Minister), MPP Jeff Yurek (PC Health Critic), MPP France Gélinas (NDP Health Critic), and many of our other elected representatives to tell them about what’s working in our health care system and what needs to be fixed. Our President and Chief Executive Officer were able to speak directly to the Premier and our other guests about some of the important issues impacting your work every day, such as the need to remove barriers preventing Ontario’s RPNs from working to full scope of practice, and the need to support our nursing leaders working at the point of care to make appropriate nursing skill mix decisions, in order to improve access to high-quality nursing care in all health sectors.
At the end of a successful day of discussions, we promised to return to Queen’s Park this coming year to meet again in person with Ontario’s MPPs to take up our conversation where we left off.