Premier wrong to blame North Bay hospital for 5-year $20 million funding shortfall and P3 costs

Toronto, Ont. — In a recent interview with North Bay media, Premier Kathleen Wynne blames hospital

administrators for the ongoing cuts to staff and services at North Bay and other hospitals across

Ontario. “She is completely wrong. Blame goes to her government’s health policies and too low funding for

hospitals. Throwing hospital administrators under the bus for provincial government funding decisions, is in

our view, unprincipled,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions

(OCHU/CUPE).

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Ontario’s $4.8 billion hospital underfunding means 87 less nurses, 260 fewer hospital staff, $27 million a year funding gap for Peterborough

Peterborough, ON — When compared with the rest of Canada the Ontario government’s $4.8 billion underfunding for
hospitals like Peterborough Regional Health Centre, means skeleton hospital staffing and much less care for
Peterborough patients, a report released today has found. The report (Fewer Hands, Less Hospital Care) compares
funding, staffing, nursing, and readmissions in Ontario and other provinces.

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Ontario’s $4.8 billion hospital underfunding means 55 less nurses, 163 fewer hospital staff, $17 million a year funding gap for Belleville

Belleville, ON — When compared with the rest of Canada the Ontario government’s $4.8 billion underfunding for

hospitals like Quinte Health Care Belleville General Hospital, means skeleton hospital staffing and much less care for

Belleville patients, a report released today has found. The report (Fewer Hands, Less Hospital Care) compares funding,

staffing, nursing, and readmissions in Ontario and other provinces.

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Ontario’s $4.8 billion hospital underfunding means 6 less nurses, 18 fewer hospital staff, $1.8 million a year funding gap for Espanola

Espanola, ON — When compared with the rest of Canada the Ontario government’s $4.8 billion underfunding for hospitals like Espanola General, means skeleton hospital staffing and much less care for Espanola patients, a report released today has found. The report (Fewer Hands, Less Hospital Care) compares funding, staffing, nursing, and readmissions in Ontario and other provinces.

Based on the latest figures from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Ontario government funding for hospitals is $1,395.73 per capita. The rest of Canada, excluding Ontario, spends $1,749.69 per capita. In other words, provincial and territorial governments outside of Ontario spend $353.96 more per person on hospitals than Ontario does. That is a whopping 25.3 per cent more than Ontario.
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How does Ontario’s $4.8 billion hospital underfunding affect your community? Report released Thursday in Windsor

Windsor, ON — Hospital funding in Ontario is much lower than hospital funding in the rest of Canada —

$4.8 billion lower. The result is much less care for hospital patients. A report to be released in Windsor on

Thursday (August 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., at the Royal Canadian Legion, 5645 Wyandotte Street East) will

indicate how many hospital workers and nurses are missing for the care of the people of Windsor. 

Using data available from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Fewer Hands, Less Hospital

Care compares funding, staffing, nursing, and readmissions in Ontario and other provinces. The data also

shows that Ontario has fallen a long way behind other provinces since the Liberals were elected

provincially in 2003 — and especially since the beginning of their austerity program in 2010. Read More...

How does Ontario’s $4.8 billion hospital underfunding affect your community? Report released Thursday in London

London, ON — Hospital funding in Ontario is much lower than hospital funding in the rest of Canada —

$4.8 billion lower. The result is much less care for hospital patients. A report to be released in London on

Thursday (August 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., at the Crouch Library, 550 Hamilton Road) will indicate how many

hospital workers and nurses are missing for the care of the people of London. 

Using data available from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Fewer Hands, Less Hospital

Care compares funding, staffing, nursing, and readmissions in Ontario and other provinces. The data also

shows that Ontario has fallen a long way behind other provinces since the Liberals were elected

provincially in 2003 — and especially since the beginning of their austerity program in 2010. Read More...

How does Ontario’s $4.8 billion hospital underfunding affect your community? Report released Tuesday in Brockville

Brockville, ON — Hospital funding in Ontario is much lower than hospital funding in the rest of Canada —

$4.8 billion lower. The result is much less care for hospital patients. A report to be released in Brockville on

Tuesday (August 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., at the Royal Canadian Legion, 180 Park Street) will indicate how

many hospital workers and nurses are missing for the care of the people of Brockville. 

 

Using data available from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Fewer Hands, Less Hospital

Care compares funding, staffing, nursing, and readmissions in Ontario and other provinces. The data also

shows that Ontario has fallen a long way behind other provinces since the Liberals were elected

provincially in 2003 — and especially since the beginning of their austerity program in 2010. Read More...

Staff at Muskoka Shores Nursing Home demand Wynne government act to protect residents

GRAVENHURST, ON – Residents at Muskoka Shore Nursing Home are not getting the level of care they

need and the Wynne government must take immediate action, said staff from the home who held a rally

Monday to draw attention to the urgent situation.

“We now have only three personal support workers scheduled for every 60 residents and we physically

can’t provide the level of care they need,” said Cindy Seaton, President of CUPE local 2481 who also

works at the home. “We’ve been so worried about their care that I called the Ministry of Labour to

make a complaint and was told there’s nothing they can do because there are no legal minimum care

standards. Since sending out our media advisory Friday I’ve had a call back to say they will look into

things further. We hope this will lead to action.” Read More...

Peterborough hospital has “obligation” to step into Compass talks

PETERBOROUGH, ON — CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn today called on the Peterborough Regional

Health Centre to take a much more active part in the talks between its food contractor and the staff working in

retail food operations at the hospital to avoid a lock-out.

Recent polling showed overwhelming support in the Peterborough community for the hospital to lead in

providing jobs that pay fair wages.

“The hospital has an obligation to not allow one of its contractors to pay poverty level wages as a way to

escape these obligations. The poll shows that the citizens of Peterborough, who fund the hospital’s capital

projects, expect more of them. We are calling on the hospital to step actively into these talks,” says Hahn.

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CUPE asks Minister of Health to investigate…

CUPE asks Minister of Health to investigate…
- Ryan Paulsen, Daily Observer

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have asked Eric Hoskins, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long Term Care, to step in and take a closer look at the Pembroke Regional Hospital decision to outsource the sterilization of surgical equipment.

"I write to bring to your attention the decision of Pembroke Regional Hospital to ship its surgical instruments to Mississauga for sterilization," the letter signed by OCHU president Michael Hurley opens.

The letter goes on to reiterate a point CUPE representatives have made several times before, stating that the same company that will be providing services to PRH, SteriPro, "lost a contract" they had with Trillium Health Partners in the Greater Toronto Area.

Details on the termination of SteriPro's contract are in dispute, however, with SteriPro stating that they were the instigators of the termination negotiations, and not the other way around.

Despite this assertion by SteriPro, CUPE representatives, including Hurley, continue to cite "quality issues" as a reason for that contract termination, claiming that the hospital had to cancel a significant number of surgeries due to problems with sterilized equipment, up to one per cent of procedures per year, according to one CUPE official at a press conference earlier this year.
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Don’t close a Hamilton hospital or cut care say over 90 per cent of residents polled

HAMILTON, ON — Hamilton residents are not on board with closing a hospital, anymore hospital service and patient care cuts or for that matter a new round of hospital bed closures, a poll released today found. Conducted earlier in May, the poll asked over 1200 Hamilton residents questions about area hospitals, which collectively service a population catchment area of over 1.4 million people.

More than nine out of ten (91 per cent) of respondents said they do not support the closure of a Hamilton hospital. 76 per cent said they or a family member has been admitted to hospital in the last five years.

“This shows overwhelmingly that Hamiltonians, support and use our community hospitals. We don’t want to see one close. It would be an extremely unpopular decision if one were targeted for closure,” said Dave Murphy the president of Canadian Union of Public Employee (CUPE) 7800.

As part of a “future vision” plan, expected to be finalized sometime this June, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) floated closing an entire hospital as a way to contain costs and as a way to deal with several hundred million dollars of deferred building repair and maintenance that the provincial government has not funded.
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What do Hamilton residents think about closing a local hospital? Poll results released tomorrow (June 1)

Hamilton, ON – Over 1200 Hamilton residents took part in a poll recently that measured residents’ attitudes toward their

community hospitals, provincial funding for hospitals, hospital service and bed cuts and access to hospital care. Poll results

will be released tomorrow June 1, 2016 at 11 a.m., outside Hamilton General Hospital, corner of Barton Street, East and

Victoria Ave. North.

As part of a “future vision” plan, which is expected to be finalized sometime this June, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) is

seriously considering closing an entire hospital rather than rebuild hospitals. It also proposes dismantling the under-one-

roof model of hospital outpatient clinics, to what appears to be non-hospital, privately-run clinics all over the city and

increasing “virtual” access to services. Read More...

Minister of Health asked to review Pembroke Regional Hospital’s contracting of sterilization of surgical instruments

Pembroke, ON- CUPE is asking the Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins, to review the decision of Pembroke Regional Hospital to enter a 5-year contract for the reprocessing and sterilization of its surgical instruments to SteriPro in Mississauga. Trillium Health Partners, which comprises the major Credit Valley and Mississauga hospitals recently ended its relationship with SteriPro and brought sterilization of instruments back in house.

“ We know from our members at SteriPro and Trillium, that blood and bone matter returning on instruments was a problem which resulted in the cancellations of some surgeries,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE. “ Quality and cost issues eventually led to the end of the relationship with Trillium. SteriPro has now entered into a relationship with the Pembroke Hospital and we believe that they are also in discussions with the Arnprior Hospital. We believe that it is in the public interest that the Minister review this contract and the risk assessment that the hospital prepared around this decision.” Read More...

Greater diversification of nursing team, not less, will lead to better patient outcomes

Toronto, Ont. – Fewer deaths, increased patient satisfaction, fewer falls, fewer bed sores, shorter

lengths of stay are all documented benefits of a diversified nursing team observed in recent studies.

“Ignoring this research on positive patient outcomes, to promote a single occupation as was recently

done by Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) offends the skill and dedication and the

healing work of tens of thousands of caregivers working in hospitals and long-term care and the

positive impact they have on patient care,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of

Hospital Unions (OCHU). Read More...

First as northern activist elected as Secretary-Treasurer of OCHU

Toronto, Ont. – Sharon Richer was elected as Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE on April 28. Ms. Richer is employed by the Sudbury Regional Hospital and was until her election, vice-president of CUPE Local 1623.
"This is the first time that a worker from the north has been elected to a full-time position with the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. Northern Ontario is hurting badly from 9 years of provincial hospital budget cuts. Hospitals in Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay, New Liskeard and many other northern communities are closing beds, operating rooms and services. Hospitals like Mathews Memorial on St. Joseph’s Island are facing closure. All of the resources that we have to muster will be aimed at defending healthcare services, beginning with an energetic push behind the Ontario Healthcare Coalition’s community referendums on hospital cuts, which are scheduled for May 28” says Ms. Richer. Read More...