Paid Plasma & Private Blood Collection Clinics

Policy number:
2016-2-5
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS the recommendations from the Justice Krever Commission are just as relevant and true today as they were in 1987; and

WHEREAS the governments of Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia have enacted legislation to ban private blood collection; and

WHEREAS Canadian Plasma Resources (CPF/Exapharma), a private blood collection clinic has set up clinics in Saskatchewan and with plans to open ten more clinics across Canada;

Policy:
That the NPF and its clubs work with interested groups to meet with all levels of government to ensure that the recommendations of the Krever Commission report are adhered to and no paid plasma and private blood clinics are allowed to operate in Canada.

Section:
Health

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Improvements to Level of Service to Seniors Living in Care Homes

Policy number:
2016-2-3
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS published reports (e.g, by the Seniors Advocate for British Columbia) indicate that in many facilities the hours of care provided to residents is less than the recommended standard of 3.36 individual care hours per resident, and

WHEREAS concerns have been expressed from several sources about the dangers of inappropriate prescribing and poly-pharmacy (e.g., the Seniors Advocate for British Columbia reports that over 30% of residents in care are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs while fewer than 5% have a diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder, and that 51% of residents in care are potentially over medicated (i.e., have received nine or more medications in the past week), and

WHEREAS seniors in residential care facilities have been reported to be receiving lower than optimum levels of physiotherapy and other therapies including occupational, speech language, music, art and recreational, all of which contribute to the health and well-being of residents in care.

Policy:
That the NPF urge the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to fund residential care homes to a level sufficient to provide recommended standards of individual care hours that will reduce the need for over-medication and that this care be culturally sensitive.

Section:
Health

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Dental Health Coverage

Policy number:
2016-2-2
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS seniors are concerned about the importance of good oral health to overall health status, and
WHEREAS many seniors lack dental coverage and the income with which to purchase dental health services, and

WHEREAS medical services currently covered through publicly funded plans exclude most dental health services
Policy:
That the NPF urge the Canadian, provincial, and territorial governments to fund dental services, particularly for those low income Canadians without any dental coverage.

Section:
Health

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Renewal of Canada’s Public Medicare System

Policy number:
2016-1-3
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS the NPF is a strong defender of our public health care system – one that provides high-quality care for every Canadian, regardless of where they live or their family income, and

WHEREAS in 2014, the Harper Conservative government allowed the Canadian Health Accord to expire which would have meant over $36 billion in cuts beginning in 2017, and

WHEREAS our members across Canada have confirmed their support for a renewed National Health Accord through resolutions to our annual conferences, participation in various demonstrations and campaigns,

Policy:
That the NPF Convention 2016 affirms our demands on the Liberal government of Canada to support and renew Canada’s public Medicare system: Pharmacare
– Create a national public drug program to ensure equal access to life-saving medication, and
– Ensure sufficient stable Federal and Provincial funding to provide high- quality acute care, home care, and long-term care services; and
– Develop a Seniors Strategy to increase the care of our aging population; and
– Protect and enforce the Canada Health Act, ensuring health care remains public for the public good; and that the National Pensioners Federation and affiliates continue to advocate and mobilize our members and communities for a renewed Health Accord and to hold federal, provincial, and territorial ministers accountable to their constituencies in the year ahead to renew our public health services.

Section:
Health

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Universal Programme of Home Support and Home Care

Convention:
2015
Policy:
That the NPF support a Universal Programme of Home Support and Home Care based on need, available seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, for seniors and that this policy should become part of any election platform and further that the NPF urge the federal government to make implementation of this policy a priority.

Number:
45
Section:
Health

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Superior Quality for the CFIA

Convention:
2015
Policy:
That the NPF urge Agriculture Canada to require the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to give Canadians assurance that they are receiving meat products which have passed through a federal inspection programme that is equal or superior to that given to meat products destined for the United States of America or elsewhere.

Number:
41
Section:
Health

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Safety Information for the Canadian Consumer

Convention:
2015
Policy:
That the NPF contact Health Canada and the Canadian government to ensure that they adhere to their own stated principles to ensure steps are taken to provide Canadian consumers with more timely and transparent information regarding the safety of imported medicines and that the government of Canada enact legislation to give it the authority to demand recalls and/or to ban the sale of medicines that might potentially be harmful to consumers.

Number:
43
Section:
Health

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Research and Education in the Public Interest

Convention:
2015
Policy:
That the NPF strongly urge that all local, provincial, territorial, and federal health authorities (including medical and dental colleges) endorse and support the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology’s ongoing research and education in the public interests.

Number:
44
Section:
Health

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Re-instate the Canada Health Council

Convention:
2015
Policy:
That the NPF urge the federal government to reinstate the Canada Health Council to continue to monitor and implement a Canada Health Accord.

Number:
47
Section:
Health

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Public Not-For-Profit Long-Term Care

Policy:
That the NPF support universal and fair access to public not-for-profit long term care and work with other seniors’ organizations to achieve this.

Number:
28
Section:
Health

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