As some of you may already be aware, on January 21, 2010 the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) issued a statement outlining their opposition to the Ontario Physician Assistant (PA) Initiative, citing “inadequate education, concerns over patient safety and unnecessary costs.” To read the statement, click here.
The OHA fully supports the PA Initiative, and will continue supporting it - and other models of care – as we work to expand access to care. The OHA has been involved with the implementation of the PA project since its inception in 2006.
I was both surprised and very disappointed to learn that the RNAO has attacked the PA Initiative in this way, given that the RNAO has generally supported the creation of new models of care, such as Nurse Practitioner Clinics. On Friday, I sent a letter to Dorris Grinspun, Executive Director of the RNAO, outlining our concerns with the RNAO position on PAs. To read it, click here.
To date, the PA Initiative has shown results in expanding the ability of our health care system to deliver quality care for patients. I believe the RNAO should reconsider their position on this important initiative.
To read more about the PA Initiative, click here, and to read the latest PA Update Newsletter, click here.