Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

January 15, 2008 14:23 ET

Media Advisory: OPSEU-Experts Testify: Home Care Bid Process Is Broken

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 15, 2008) - A news conference will be held Wednesday by community organizations working to save home care in Hamilton.

About 225 skilled health care staff will lose their jobs after the Victorian Order of Nurses and St. Joseph's Home Care contracts expire in April, meaning many home care patients will lose the continuity of care from their trusted care givers.

The two agencies were discarded in a flawed, costly and confusing home care bidding system, originally brought in by the Mike Harris government and maintained by the Liberals virtually intact. The process encourages "cutthroat bidding," pitting agencies against one another to provide the cheapest, most profitable home care, region-by-region and favours for profit-agencies at the expense of long-term not-for-profit caregivers.

Details of the event are as follows:

What: News conference

When: Wednesday, January 16, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Michelangelo Banquet Hall, 1555 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton

Who: Dr. Gordon Guyatt, Aznive Mallet, Andrea Horwath, MPP

Aznive Mallet is a patient, but also works at Hamilton Health Sciences, integrating injured patients back into the community.

Dr. Gordon Guyatt is professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster.

Andrea Horwath is MPP for Hamilton Centre and a former Hamilton Councillor.

Note: The event precedes a huge rally planned for Wednesday evening at the same location.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
    Lucy Morton
    (905) 317-9464