Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

May 14, 2009 11:58 ET

CUPE MEDIA ADVISORY: Media Briefing on Hospital Cleaning and Infection Control

UK expert touring Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 14, 2009) -

Attn: Health Reporters

An expert researcher on the connection between cleaning and health care associated infections will brief reporters on a special province-wide conference call this Friday, May 15, part of a national tour organized by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Steve Davies, senior research fellow at Cardiff University in Wales, will describe what health officials in the United Kingdom have done to contain the spread of deadly infections such as C. difficile, MRSA and VRE in health care facilities.

Davies will explain how Canadian governments, in contrast, are going down the wrong path with more overcrowding, understaffing, and contracting out of cleaning services. His presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

WHO: Steve Davies, senior research fellow, Cardiff University, Wales

WHAT: Media briefing conference call on hospital cleaning, infection
control and hospital capacity

WHEN: Friday, May 15, 1:00 PM

RSVP: To register, contact David Robbins, CUPE Communications:
Cell: 613 878 1431 Email:

Steve Davies has worked with government bodies, parliamentary authorities, employers and unions, and contributed to the Romanow Commission in 2001.

Health care associated infections are the fourth-leading cause of death in Canada, with an annual infection rate of 220,000, resulting in 8,500-12,000 deaths each year.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Communications
    David Robbins
    613-878-1431 (C)