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Statement by Minister Eric Hoskins on the Labour Situation Between Community Care Access Centres and the Ontario Nurses' Association

February 15, 2015 5:15 P.M.

Today Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement on the labour situation between Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) and the Ontario Nurses' Association:

"I am pleased that striking health care providers represented by the Ontario Nurses' Association will return to work on Tuesday. Both parties involved in the labour negotiations have agreed to arbitration. This is excellent news for more than 650,000 people, including seniors, who receive care through our Community Care Access Centres and community agencies.

We are committed to improving the experience of patients and their families and ensuring access to high-quality home and community care right across the province. We value the hard work of thousands of dedicated nurses and health-care professionals who provide such excellent care to those individuals.

A strong system depends on these dedicated professionals and the valuable contribution they make to the health and well-being of the most vulnerable people in the province. They are essential to continuing the transformation of home and community care in Ontario. We cannot do this without them

It is my hope that a resolution can be quickly reached to ensure that people can continue to access the quality home and community services they need now and in the future."

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