Ontario Nurses’ Association Calls on Province to Consult Before LHINs Restructuring
January 17, 2019
TORONTO, January 17, 2019 – The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is deeply concerned about the impact of the provincial government’s plans to restructure Ontario’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), and is calling for consultation with ONA and other key stakeholders prior to any changes.
“ONA is a key stakeholder in health care,” notes ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN. “We represent more than 4,000 members working in the LHINs. Our Care Coordinators have the critical role of assessing patients who require placement in long-term care facilities, and of ensuring home care clients receive regular needs assessments and reassessments. The continuity of care that they provide is vital for the best health outcomes for patients, clients and residents.
“It is absolutely necessary that the government consult with ONA. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience with patients requiring home care coordination and placement into long-term care homes. We are happy to share that knowledge for the benefit of the system and those who rely on it,” said McKenna.
McKenna adds ONA will advocate for our members and for continuity of care to protect those patients currently receiving home care, and will work to safeguard the public, non-profit side of the home care system.
“We are monitoring the changes very closely,” said McKenna.
ONA is the union representing more than 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as 18,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.