Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

May 11, 2009 10:24 ET

Media Advisory: Cut and Crowded, Ontario Hospitals Falling Behind UK in Combating Infections and Planning for Pandemics

UK expert to speak at CUPE media conference today Monday May 11, Queen's Park

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 11, 2009) - An expert researcher on the connection between cleaning and health care associated infections will speak at a Queen's Park media conference today Monday, May 11, 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. In contrast, he will explain how Canadian governments are going down the wrong path with more overcrowding, understaffing, and contracting out of cleaning services.

Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, will discuss these concerns in light of inadequate pandemic planning and lack of protection for health care workers.



WHO: Steve Davies, senior research fellow, Cardiff University, Wales
Michael Hurley, President, OCHU/CUPE

WHAT: Media conference on hospital cleaning, infection control and
hospital capacity in face of pandemics

WHERE: Queen's Park Media Studio

WHEN: Today, Monday, May 11, 12:30 PM


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)