McGuinty government invests in nursing

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McGuinty government invests in nursing

Ministry of Health

Announces Funding for 400 New Full-Time Nurses TORONTO, April 22 - 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 full-time jobs. 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. This news release is available on our website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca Version fran├žaise disponibleFor further information: Members of the media: Eva Lannon, Minister's Office, (416) 327-4320; Tanya Cholakov, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or (800) 268-1154