Reports and Studies

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10 Measures to Court-Proof Medicare by Steven Lewis, August 2005 Like it or not, the Supreme Court has issued a stern rebuke and formidable challenge to those who fund, govern, and deliver care under Medicare. Citizens who feel abused by the system can claim a violation of their Charter rights and go to court to seek a remedy. Download
50 years of waiting for Pharmacare is Long Enough by Joel Lexchin, MD, August 2005 This paper authored by Joel Lexchin, MD, was presented to Premiers at the August 2005 Council of the Federation meeting. In it, Lexchin argues that Pharmacare makes sense on three levels - equity, economic efficiency and improving prescribing - noting that political appears to be the only obstacle. 2005-08-11 Download
A Comprehensive National Drug Plan Canada is the third most expensive country in the world for brand-name drugs. Studies have shown that a National universal public Pharmacare plan would save billions of dollars for Canadians, improve health outcomes and reduce suffering. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions urges all candidates to support a comprehensive public national drug plan. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions urges all candidates to support a comprehensive public national drug plan. Read the comprehensive report The Economic Case for Universal Pharmacare 2011-07-12
A Renewed Call for Action: A Synthesis Report on the Nursing Shortage in Canada The nursing labour market, once characterized by cyclical periods of shortage and surplus, has progressed to a stage where there now exists a pervasive shortage of nursing human resources. In many jurisdictions and health service delivery areas the demand is critical. To address this problem, government and health organizations have implemented strategies to increase the available supply of nurses, but with varying degrees of success. Data indicate that, while the supply of nurses entering practice is increasing, attrition from the field remains an ongoing problem. Increasing the numbers of new graduate nurses may not be sufficient to overcome the exodus of nurses from the profession due to retirement or work-life issues. While the current nursing shortfall is generally widespread, there are areas where it is more acute, for example in northern and rural communities, and in specialty areas such as the emergency room, long-term care, and critical care units. There is also a shortage of nursing faculty. 2008-06-15 Download
A Roadmap to a Rational Pharmacare Policy in Canada 2014-08-20 Download
Absenteeism and Overtime: Quick Facts 2013 2013-07-24 Download
Before It’s Too Late: A National Plan for Safe Seniors’ Care     2015-07-09
Bridging the Generational Divide: Nurses United in Providing Quality Patient Care Bridging the Generational Divide: Nurses United in Providing Quality Patient Care provides stark evidence of the effects of ‘boom to bust’ models of nursing, with health human resource planning changing with every shift in the political landscape. The report paints a picture of a troubled workplace where frontline nurses struggle to meet their professional obligations to provide safe, quality care, in the face of excessive workloads and overtime, high nurse-patient ratios, and management that is too often removed from frontline realities. 2016-01-28 Download
Can we afford to sustain Medicare? A strong role for federal government, July 2004 In this report, CFNU urges provincial and territorial premiers to call for federal "uploading" of provincial drug programs. CFNU President Linda Silas says that if Pharmacare is embraced by premiers, it could grant relief to the provinces and provide genuine benefits for all Canadians. Download
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions Policy Directive: H1N1 Outbreak and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) On behalf of our 158,000 members and associate members, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) has been working in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada over the past two years on policy development around personal protective equipment for health care workers. Some progress has been made, and we recognize the difficulty of any pan-Canadian organization to achieve consensus across scientific communities and federal/provincial/territorial tables. CFNU (i.e. provincial nurses unions), however, has a legal, ethical and moral responsibility to protect members and their families. We believe that the guidelines provided by PHAC (April 29, 2009) within the document Interim Guidance: Infection Prevention and Control Measures for Health Care Workers in Acute Care Facilities do not go far enough to protect health care workers, especially at the first point of contact with the health care system. 2010-02-12 Download