Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
McGuinty government invests in nursing
Announces Funding for 400 New Full-Time Nurses
TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is strengthening
Ontario's health care system by providing $25 million to create 400 new full-
time nursing positions in Ontario hospitals, Health and Long-Term Care
Minister George Smitherman announced today.
"More nurses working full-time means better, safer patient care," said
Smitherman. "With this investment every hospital in the province will be able
to hire at least one new full-time nurse."
The government will immediately provide $25 million to 122 small- and
medium-sized public hospitals to create full-time nursing positions. This
funding goes along with the $25 million invested in large hospitals in
February to create full-time nursing positions. As a result of nursing
investments over the last few months, 800 more nurses will be able to have
Also in February, the McGuinty government announced $25 million to
improve working conditions for nurses and $14 million for new nursing and
patient safety equipment, including ceiling-mounted bed lifts.
"Nurses are the heart and soul of the health care system." Smitherman
said. "This investment will enable more Ontario patients to benefit from the
healing hands of a nurse."
"Our government will insist on accountability for results that people
need," said Smitherman "Hospitals will be required to show that they've used
the money to create full-time nursing positions. If a hospital fails to create
full-time nursing positions, it will lose the funding and it will be
reinvested in hospitals that can."
"The McGuinty government is committed to building a stronger health care
system that provides quality care when you need it," said Smitherman.
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