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Ontario (Canada) deficit crisis and health reforms

Lessons for England

21 October 2012
The RCN has worked in close collaboration with its equivalent nursing organisation in Canada to highlight Ontario’s deficit crisis in the 1990s, its subsequent health reforms and the impact of these reforms on the nursing workforce and wider health care system. Ontario’s experience with implementing reforms during an economic downturn offers some valuable lessons for England. 
The RCN is keen to shine a light on international case studies where England can learn from the experiences of other health systems facing similar concerns and issues. In this case, the RCN has worked closely with its sister organisation in Ontario to outline more generally the intended and unintended consequences of austerity driven reforms and more specifically its impact on the nursing workforce.

If you have any comments or wish to contribute further, please email policy.international@rcn.org.uk