The 2015 spring Auditor General's report has been released and it's not good news.
According to the report one in 45 nurses working in remote Northern First Nation communities had the five mandatory training courses required by Health Canada. Kenora Liberal candidate Bob Nault says he's extremely concerned.
"The Auditor General's report in First Nations and isolated communities really is devastating from the perspective that it suggests after they were told in an auditor general's report five years ago there were some serious issues, nothing has been done. In fact it seems to be going backwards. So we seem to be going backwards as far as I'm concerned," he said.
Nault explains why the nurses are so important on isolated First Nation communities.
"Every nurse that works up north has to take unique courses because they do more than conventional work that a nurse would do in a hospital here. They have unique skills and often times act like doctors in terms of diagnosis and what a patient's need are," he said.
Nault believes it's time we gave health care control to First Nations communities and their organizations. He says although it may be controversial, that's the best way to move forward and finally give the First Nations people the health care they deserve.
"Start negotiating with the federal government to transfer jurisdiction to First Nations so they can run their own holistic health care centres. The government needs to finance moving towards health care facilities like that instead of nursing stations. They really are small little buildings with a couple nurses in it trying to administer to thousands of people on the ground," he said.
In a letter Nault adds that many of the nursing stations are in disrepair and no longer comply with health and safety requirements of building codes. He points to Sioux Lookout as an example of a community that has worked with both levels of government, the municipality and local First Nations to create a better health care system.