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Canadian Nurses Association statement on federal-provincial-territorial finance and health ministers’ meeting

Ottawa, December 19, 2016 — Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) president Barb Shellian issued a statement following the federal-provincial-territorial health and finance ministers’ meeting in Ottawa:

“While we hoped today’s discussions would result in a new health accord‎, we are encouraged by minister Philpott’s renewed call for accountability for federal health dollars through provincial and territorial spending to improve home care and mental health services for Canadians. A robust accountability framework, which would include annual reporting to the federal government, is critical for ensuring funds are effectively invested to transform health systems and provide better outcomes for patients and taxpayers alike.

“We were particularly pleased to see the health minister’s new offer of an additional $6 billion for home- and palliative care, as well as for home care infrastructure, and significant dedicated funding to invest in much-needed mental health services in Canada. We are hopeful that the future discussions on this important issue, as highlighted by our recent consultations, will include these essential new resources.

“As I said in my October 6 letter to provincial and territorial health ministers, registered nurses and nurse practitioners will continue to reinforce the need for an accountability framework to underpin the health accord and upcoming investments in home care. As noted in our second recommendation to the House of Commons finance committee, universal, equitable access to high-quality publicly funded home- and community-based care can be achieved through this proposal.

“While we are disappointed in the outcome of today’s meeting, these are complex negotiations and we remain hopeful that a new health accord can be reached — one that will deliver a transformative change in how health services are delivered in Canada. We look forward to an agreement that will result in better health care and health outcomes for all Canadians.”

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The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

For more information, please contact:
Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Tél. : 613-237-2159, poste 543
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca