Canada’s Nurses Call on Health Ministers to Implement Health and Social Accord for Generations to Come

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Mon, 2016-10-17

Monday, October 17, 2016 (TORONTO) - With federal, provincial and territorial health ministers’ negotiations on a new Health Accord, happening Monday – Wednesday this week in Toronto, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is calling on Canada’s health ministers to commit to real change for the future of our health care in this country.

The following letter was sent to Health Minister Jane Philpott, along with provincial and territorial health ministers today:

Dear Minister Philpott,

On behalf of the almost 200,000 nurses represented by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), I would like to stress to you the urgent need for a strong Health Accord that will ensure Canada’s health care system is there for Canadians when they need care.

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions calls on Health Ministers to recommend that, when First Ministers meet to finalize an agreement, they set a clear course forward for Canada by implementing a Health and Social Accord that includes:

  • Stable Federal Health Care Funding (to a minimum of 25% by 2025)
  • Coordinated Health Human Resources Planning
  • A National Prescription Drug Plan (Pharmacare)
  • A Canadian Strategy for Healthy Aging
  • Improved Access to Health Services in Home and Community Settings
  • Improved Access to Mental Health Services
  • Improved Indigenous Health

Canada’s nurses recognize that there is a need to support the implementation of these policies through stable funding and coordinated health human resources planning. We also strongly believe that federal resources transferred for health care should be invested in health care and that there must be accountability and transparency to ensure the designated use of funding.

We also stress that it is time we stop wasting millions of health care dollars by not implementing a National Pharmacare program.

As frontline health care workers, nurses play an important role in delivering quality patient care. Canada’s nurses are dedicated professionals, and they understand that health does not begin and end within our hospitals or clinics. These recommendations represent a movement towards a Health in All Policies approach and hopes for broader commitments that will positively impact all people living in Canada.

I look forward to working with you to support our public health care system.


Linda Silas
CFNU President