TORONTO (February 26, 2019) – Today the provincial government announced major changes to Ontario health care system that aim to put patients back at the centre of care. RPNAO CEO Dianne Martin joined other health leaders at Bridgepoint Health this morning for Minister Elliott’s announcement.

“For too long, the concerns of vital front line professionals have been ignored and patient care has suffered. We’re pleased to see the government listen to feedback from RPNs and make changes that will allow RPNs to deliver the best possible care” said Martin.

For years RPNAO and its members have drawn attention to a number of pervasive challenges in Ontario’s health system that the government echoed at this morning’s announcement. Long wait times, lack of integrated service and siloes that make it difficult for patients and families to navigate an already complex health system are just some of the concerns that have been voiced by RPNs across the province. RPNAO is pleased to see the government listening to the concerns of frontline health professionals and taking steps to find address these concerns.

“Over the coming decade, we know the demands on our health system are going to continue to grow so the status quo is no longer an option. We need to look for new ways to make sure Ontario’s health system can meet the complex needs of patients and I’m hopeful that today we are starting to move in that direction” said Martin.   

While many details about the implementation of this plan remain to be seen, RPNAO looks forward to continuing to work with the government to make sure these changes to Ontario’s publicly funded health system deliver excellent care for patients.

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