SAINT JOHN, N.B. – The New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) hosted their 41st Annual Meeting last week in Saint John. Discussions by the 200 registered nurses in attendance, focused largely on recent press and rumors about the provincial government’s plans for privatizing health care delivery in New Brunswick, including a proposed P3 nursing home facility in Miramichi.
“Our message is clear: private health care is not the solution” said Marilyn Quinn, president of NBNU. “Quick fixes to our health care system, chosen solely for their fiscal impact, will have serious implications on the quality and delivery of care provided. New Brunswick needs to develop a plan that works for the province long-term and in the best interest of all who reside here” added Quinn.
NBNU is asking government to consult with registered nurses on developing a long-term plan to improve the public health care system. A recent public opinion poll conducted by MQO Research showed that 91% of New Brunswickers believe registered nurses are strong advocates and a voice for the public health care system.
“I was impressed by the high percentage of public trust for registered nurses advocating on their behalf. I believe New Brunswickers understand that RNs working on the front line have firsthand knowledge of the system and where improvements and savings can be made. It’s time for government to trust and utilize our knowledge to improve our health care system” said Quinn.
The New Brunswick Nurses Union represents 6900 registered nurses working in hospitals, nursing homes and community health care clinics.