Campaign against cuts at Pembroke Regional Hospital begins with community postcard campaign

Pembroke, ON- Staff of Pembroke Regional Hospital represented by CUPE are kicking off a community campaign to protest plans to cut beds and privatize services. “ Our campaign will ask the provincial government for additional funding for the hospital to stop the bed closures and to intervene in the contracting out of the sterilization of surgical instruments, “ says Cindy Schulz, president of CUPE local 1502. Read More...

Poll finds 86% think local patient food is best; only 3% agree with HHS that factory made food is better

HAMILTON, ON – Over the last few weeks Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) has publicly defended shutting down the hospital kitchens and contracting out patient meals to a global food processing operation outside of Hamilton. But the findings of a recent poll, show there is virtually no support in the Hamilton community for the hospital’s patient food plan. Read More...

Despite higher than average illness and hospitalizations, Hamilton hospitals are cutting services and care

Community meeting this Thursday night is a call for action.

Hamilton, ON – With the cost of a hospital stay well below the national average and documented higher than average rates of illness, hospitalizations and emergency wait times, Hamilton’s hospitals are still shaving millions of dollars and cutting services and care, year after year. Read More...

Letter Re: Version 4 – CMOH Directive for Hospitals ‐ EVD

Dear Minister Hoskins,

Thank you for forwarding the version 4 of the CMOH Directive for Hospitals concerning EVD. We would like to make the following comments:

• The language in the Directive is discretionary and we feel that it should be mandatory
• The designation of “cool“and “warm“zones is artificial. Where does one zone end and the other zone begin? What proximity to the patient defines these areas? How are these areas physically defined? What barriers and signage delineate them? Read More...

Local hospital food campaign picks up steam

Media conference Monday, 11 a.m., Gage Park community garden

HAMILTON, Ont. – Since late last month, when Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) dietary staff made it public that the hospital intends to shut down its kitchens and outsource patient meals to a factory-food operation that plates microwavable portions, the community campaign to keep hospital food local has picked up steam. Read More...

HHHS president wrong about sick time, Ontario hospital staff use fewer sick days than in other provinces

HALIBURTON, Ont. – According to the most recent Statistics Canada data, Ontario hospital staff take 22 per cent fewer days absent due to illness or injury than other Canadian hospital workers.

Despite injury rates that are much higher than the all-industry average, worker compensation claim approvals have dropped significantly for Ontario hospitals and long-term care, which forces staff hurt at work to use their sick leave. Read More...