The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions hosts an annual Parliamentary Breakfast attended by Senators, Members of Parliament (MPs) and health care stakeholders. The event is an opportunity to provide federal parliamentarians with information and recommendations on specific issues facing nurses and the health care sector.
This year, with the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CFNU re-oriented its traditional breakfast into a Virtual Parliamentary Forum.
The CFNU welcomed parliamentarians and health care stakeholders from across the country to a virtual event focused on Canada’s infectious disease preparedness and response. Canada Beyond COVID-19 – Looking Back to Move Forward highlighted lessons learned from past and current outbreaks and explored how our country can improve its response to COVID-19 and future pandemics. Invited panelists included Mario Possamai, occupational health and safety expert and former Senior Advisor to the SARS Commission; Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health System and Director of Health Policy Research at the National Institute on Ageing; Sharleen Stewart, president of SEIU Healthcare; and Vicki McKenna, president of the Ontario Nurses’ Association.
At the most recent Parliamentary Breakfast, the CFNU shared a groundbreaking report, which demonstrated that devastating impacts of cost-related non-adherence to prescription medications add to the case for a national pharmacare plan. The report, entitled Body Count: The human cost of financial barriers to prescription medications, was presented to parliamentarians and health care stakeholders by internationally renowned physician, pharmaco-epidemiologist and lead author, Dr. Ruth Lopert. The report findings reveal that Canadians are dying every day and tens of thousands are getting sicker every year without pharmacare, lending urgency to calls for the implementation of a national pharmacare plan.
“We know about the dollars and cents of why a pharmacare plan is needed but this report aims to put a human face on the impacts of the current system“ says @CFNUPresident #bodycount #rxpoli #cdnhealth #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/8rHScfpOdK
— Canada's Nurses (@CFNU) May 1, 2018