Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

April 23, 2008 22:49 ET

OPSEU Welcomes Use of Rideau Regional for ALC Patients as "Union-Made" Solution

SMITHS FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - News that local Tory MPPs want to revisit a five-year-old union proposal gave local OPSEU members a pleasant surprise today.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union included in its 2003 Centres of Excellence proposal the idea that the soon-to-be-closed Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls be used as a transitional ALC (Alternative Level of Care) facility for eastern Ontario.

OPSEU had made this proposal to both the previous Conservative and current Liberal governments.

The idea was brought forward again by local MPPs Bob Runciman and Randy Hillier today. "We wonder where they were five years ago when we first proposed this," says OPSEU's regional vice-president David Lundy.

"If they are serious, we will work with them to implement this."

An ALC bed in a hospital is used for a patient that needs round-the-clock care but need not be in an acute-care hospital. More than 400 hospital acute care beds are reported to be in use by ALC patients in the Champlain and South East LHIN. Meanwhile, the scheduled closing of Rideau Regional Centre will cost the region more than 600 good jobs, more than 450 of which are currently full-time.

Lundy says members of OPSEU Local 436 and residents of the Smiths Falls area would welcome with open arms the opportunity to maintain good jobs and services in the region. "This would relieve beds in the hospitals, and allow jobs and services to be saved in the community," Lundy said. "This is the kind of progressive solution our union will continue to advance."

Contact Information

  • OPSEU (Region 4)
    David Lundy
    Regional Vice President
    (613) 213-1953 (cell)