Sudbury to feel ripple effect of cuts to mental health beds and other services at North Bay hospital

NORTH BAY, Ont. – The ripple effect of significant new cuts to hospital patient care and beds, including to mental health supports in North Bay, will be felt in Sudbury and other parts of north eastern Ontario, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Last week North Bay Regional Health Centre announced the latest in a round of service and bed cuts, that the hospital says are needed to make up for a provincial funding shortfall of $30 million. The severe and ongoing service reductions include the closure of eight mental health beds. Read More...

Sick Kids hospital staff to rally today for the same disability benefits as other Ontario hospital staff

Toronto, Ont. – The Hospital for Sick Children is a world leader in patient care and research, but it lags behind its peers in terms of how it treats its own sick employees, says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE.

Staff can drop into poverty if they suffer a long-term illness under the Hospital for Sick Children’s long-term disability scheme, because it does not adequately protect employees. This is not the case for employees at other hospitals. Read More...

1-888 hotline being set up for Cornwall, eastern county patients caught in quagmire of home care cuts

CORNWALL, Ont. – Hundreds of home care patients in Cornwall and the eastern counties are caught in a quagmire of service cuts and long waitlists and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario wants to hear from patients affected. Read More...

Canada must answer the call to deploy staffed field hospitals to fight Ebola in Africa

Toronto, Ont. – Doctors Without Borders today called on developed nations to deploy biological disaster response teams to help fight Ebola on the ground in Africa. “ It is time for Canada to answer the call from Doctors Without Borders to send staffed field hospitals to West Africa “ said Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE. “ Canada’s exclusive focus on a vaccine, ignores the crying need for hospital infrastructure on the ground to provide care for people stricken with Ebola. This is a need that Canada is in a position to meet “, Hurley said. Read More...

Hospital staff from northeastern Ontario to rally against cuts at Temiskaming Shores Hospital

New Liskeard, Ont. – Hospital staff from across northeastern Ontario will join caregivers to rally at noon December 2 outside Temiskaming Shores Hospital to protest plans to cut half of the hospitals operating room time, eliminate 18,000 nursing hours, reduce cleaning and close the cafeteria and other services.
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eHealth severance package would keep operating rooms open at Temiskaming Shores Hospital

Toronto, Ont. – A $252,000 severance package for an eHealth executive would keep the operating rooms running at the Temiskaming Shores Hospital, CUPE charged today. eHealth has been beset by scandals, including awarding consultants $16 million in contracts without tender.
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