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Statement by CNA President Barb Shellian on the Council of the Federation Meeting in Whitehorse

Ottawa, July 18, 2016 — “The Canadian Nurses Association is pleased to be attending the meeting of the Council of the Federation with our colleagues from the Yukon Registered Nurses Association this week. We look forward to meeting officials from the provincial, federal and territorial governments to discuss concerns of nurses from every jurisdiction regarding the health of Canadians.

“As the health accord is currently being negotiated with provinces and territories, we will continue to call for better home and community care for all Canadians. Coinciding with the meeting, we are joining forces with the Canadian Home Care Association and the College of Family Physicians of Canada to host a national consultation to develop home care in Canada.

“One way for Canada’s premiers, provincial health ministers and territorial governments to tackle accessibility pressures is to include an accountability framework in the new health accord. Such a framework would ensure that federal funding will improve access to equitable, national, publicly funded home- and community-based care that includes telehealth, mental health and palliative care.

“We are also hopeful that all governments will also discuss policies to support caregivers, as those who care for family members are indispensable to the well-being of Canadians and to our overburdened health-care system. These caregivers contribute $5 billion in unpaid labour every year. Offering them more support would give a hand up to Canadians who must balance jobs and families while caring for a relative or friend.

“Our country’s premiers can send a strong signal to Ottawa that their citizens want to see results for their hard-earned tax dollars.”

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For more information, please contact:

Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel.: 613-237-2159, ext. 543
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca