Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

January 18, 2007 09:00 ET

QUEEN'S PARK NEWS CONFERENCE

After SARS Report McGuinty must fix understaffing crisis in health care says OFL - Media Studio, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto, Friday, January 19, 2007 at 9:30 a.m.

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 18, 2007) - "After the release of the SARS Commission's final report, January 9, 2007, the McGuinty government must fix the critical understaffing crisis in our health care system," said Terry Downey, Executive Vice-President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. "The findings by Justice Archie Campbell reflect what has happened to our whole health care system: chronic underfunding, woefully inadequate staffing levels, heavy, heavy workloads and complete disregard for worker safety."

Speaking at the news conference:

Terry Downey, Executive Vice-President, Ontario Federation of Labour
Shelley Martel, MPP Nickel Belt, NDP critic for Health and Long-Term Care, Seniors' Issues

Also in attendance:

Cathy Carroll, Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union Local 1
Fred Hahn, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario Division
Patty Rout, Chair, Health Care Divisional Council, Ontario Public Service Employees Union

The desperate state of health care workers in Ontario was documented by the OFL in 2005 after a comprehensive fact finding tour of the province and interviews with health care workers in every sector of the system: in emergency services, homecare, hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, mental health and public health. The Report: Understaffed & Under Pressure: a reality check by Ontario health care workers exposed the desperate state of all health care workers in the system and provided recommendations for urgently needed change.

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OFL Executive Vice-President
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Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications Director
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731
    Secondary Phone: 416-443-7665
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138