HANSARD: Will the Liberals work with the provinces to ensure that nurses get the respect, resources and support they need?

House of Commons Hansard #196 of the 44th Parliament, 1st Session
Health Oral Questions
May 12th, 2023 / 11:45 a.m.

Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, according to a media report, nurses are leaving the public health care system in droves and returning through private job placement agencies.

The health care crisis is getting worse under the Liberals' watch. Poor work conditions, low wages, forced overtime and high patient-to-nurse ratios are causing burnout. The structural problems must be addressed, and budget 2023 missed the mark.

Will the Liberals work with the provinces to ensure that nurses get the respect, resources and support they need so that patients can get the care they deserve?

Adam van Koeverden Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and to the Minister of Sport

Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that this week is National Nursing Week. I would like to thank every nurse from coast to coast to coast, including our Minister of Seniors. Nurses absolutely do the most important work, and it is a very thankless position sometimes, so I would like to thank them.

To the substantive question, nurses deserve fair wages. They deserve a safe environment for work, and they deserve better work conditions. This is why budget 2023 is investing $198.6 billion into our health care system, including better wages for those who care for the most vulnerable.

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