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Frontline Nurses and Healthcare Professionals Pledge to Protect Public Health Care

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TORONTO, September 3, 2022 /CNW/ – With 68,000 members, the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA), from Canada the largest union of nurses, celebrates Labor Day 2022 more determined than ever to protect public health care for all Ontarians.

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“The current government’s unprecedented war against the very people who have dedicated their careers to caring for others has only strengthened our resolve to stand up for our patients, residents and clients,” said the ONA President. Cathryn Hoy, RN “The pandemic has brought to light the very real and devastating damage that privatization does when it creeps into the public system that all Canadians value so much.

Hoy says we’re at a turning point in Ontario and believes that the Ford government created the current crisis in the health care system in order to justify its privatization.

“The nursing shortage is a direct result not only of government neglect, but also of government policies that were undoubtedly aimed at sending nurses running for the exits,” she says. “However, as patient advocates, our commitment and solidarity have only been strengthened. We will do all we can to prevent the damage that the introduction of private profit into healthcare will cause to our patients.”

Hoy encourages Ontarians to pay attention to the province’s actions and to speak out. “We are strong and united, and we would welcome the support of the people we are committed to protecting,” she said.

The ONA is the union that represents more than 68,000 registered nurses and health professionals, and 18,000 affiliated nursing students, who provide care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community, clinics and industry.

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SOURCE Ontario Nurses Association

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