Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

May 14, 2009 11:14 ET

CUPE MEDIA ADVISORY: UK Infection Control Expert at Hamilton Media Conference Tomorrow

Cut and crowded, Ontario hospitals falling behind UK in combating infections

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 14, 2009) - An expert researcher on the connection between cleaning and health care associated infections will speak at a Hamilton media conference tomorrow, 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. He will explain how Canadian governments, in contrast, are going down the wrong path with more overcrowding, understaffing, and contracting out of cleaning services.

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

WHAT: Media conference on hospital cleaning and infection control

WHERE: Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, 116 King Street West, McQuesten Room

WHEN: Friday, May 15, 10:00 AM

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)