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Canadian Nurses Association welcomes Commons finance committee call for accountability framework within new health accord ahead of first ministers’ meeting

Ottawa, December 8, 2016 — The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) welcomes the standing committee on finance pre-budget consultations report, Creating the Conditions for Economic Growth: Tools for People, Businesses and Communities, tabled December 7 in the House of Commons.

Following the report’s presentation, CNA president Barb Shellian made the following statement:

“Just two days ahead of the first ministers’ working dinner in Ottawa on December 9 — which will focus on health care — Canada’s registered nurses and nurse practitioners are pleased to see our key recommendations included in the committee’s final report. We are gratified that the committee considered the importance of having a robust accountability framework within the new health accord. The proposed framework was the subject of an open letter CNA sent to provincial and territorial health ministers before the October 18 federal, provincial and territorial health ministers’ meeting in Toronto.

“An accountability framework also needs to be applied to the proposed $3 billion/four-year federal commitment by Health Minister Jane Philpott and the Liberals in the last election campaign. As our second recommendation to the finance committee noted, universal, equitable access to high-quality publicly funded home- and community-based care can be achieved through this proposal. We were also pleased to see the NDP supplementary report emphasize this very important second aspect.

“CNA looks forward to the 2017 federal budget and will continue to urge all levels of government to include a robust accountability framework in the new health accord to ensure better access and health outcomes for patients and taxpayers alike.”

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Background:

CNA recommendations adopted in Creating the Conditions for Economic Growth: Tools for People, Businesses and Communities

  1. Include a robust accountability framework in federal bilateral agreements to enable monitoring and reporting on the use of Canada Health Transfer dollars
  2. Enable equitable access to high-quality, publicly funded home- and community-based care

Full CNA submission to the standing committee on finance [PDF, 297.3 KB]

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
Tel.: 613-237-2159, ext. 543
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca