Haphazard rollout stymieing PSW wage increase approved in Ontario budget

Liberals must act quickly to stop continued exploitation of PSWs

TORONTO, Ont. — A haphazard rollout is hampering many home and community care personal support workers (PSWs) from receiving the modest and long-overdue wage increase approved in the Ontario budget, charges the Canadian Union of Public Employees (Ontario/CUPE). Read More...

Joan Rivers’ death at private clinic yet another example of mounting evidence against expansion of out-of-hospital private surgeries here in Ontario

TORONTO, Ont. – With the recent tragic death of comic Joan Rivers at a New York (NY) City private surgery clinic resulting in both the state health department and the city medical examiner investigating the cause of death, today the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) urged Ontario’s health minister to reconsider a policy that would expand the use here of similar private surgery and procedure clinics. Read More...

Wake-up call for Ontario’s health minister with more British patients harmed at private surgery clinics

TORONTO, Ont. – By forging ahead with cutting surgeries out of public hospitals and outsourcing them to private clinics, Ontario’s provincial government is “ignoring” mounting evidence that private surgery and procedures are posing safety risks and harming patients in Britain, says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). Read More...

Botched operations at private UK surgery clinics hurting patients, wreak havoc

Cautionary lesson for Ontario to not expand use of private clinics here

TORONTO, Ont. — Botched operations at private surgery clinics in the United Kingdom (UK) are costing UK patients their eyesight and mobility and the public health care system a lot of money, recent reports show. So why would Ontario’s provincial government move forward with a scheme to divert surgeries and procedures from public hospital to private clinics here? Asks Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU).
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Rally at Wingham District Hospital Thursday to draw attention of new Minister to cutbacks

Wingham, Ont. – Staff of the Wingham District hospital will rally on Thursday July 26, at noon, to protest plans to cut staff and services, says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU).
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Thousands of patient and LTC resident meals tossed out, uneaten each day

“This can change,” says UK better hospital food advocate at Belleville media conference Thursday during Ontario local food week
BELLEVILLE, Ont. – Good nutrition and patient convalescent care are linked. Yet each day in Ontario thousands of hospital patients’ meals are left uneaten and wind-up in the trash. Read More...