Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

October 25, 2011 11:43 ET

Media Advisory: Overcrowded hospitals, cutbacks to cleaning linked to infection outbreaks

Mobile hospital room tour to fight superbugs in Renfrew Wednesday, Almonte Thursday

ALMONTE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2011) - Although medical experts are blaming hospital overcrowding (resulting from cuts to patient beds) for infection outbreaks – particularly outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant superbugs – the Ontario government plans to cut another 5,000 acute care beds province-wide. Currently at over 97 per cent, hospital bed occupancy is at record levels.

Studies show that healthcare-associated infections kill between 8,000 and 12,000 Canadians a year – 40 per cent of these deaths are in Ontario.

"Many of these deaths are preventable. Ontario should follow the lead of countries where hospital-acquired infections have been significantly reduced by pro-active measures," says Sharon Richer, the Vice-President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

A mobile hospital room display will be set up for a media conference on:

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 148, 30 Raglan Street South, Renfrew.

  • Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Almonte Civitan Club, 500 Almonte Street, Almonte.

Using the mobile exhibit hospital workers will demonstrate the effective and thorough cleaning practices required to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

OCHU/CUPE's mobile hospital room tour will be in Haliburton, Midland, Cobourg and Brockville between November 7 to 10.

OCHU/CUPE represents 35,000 hospital workers province-wide.

Contact Information

    Louis Rodrigues
    First VP
    (613) 531-1319

    Sharon Richer
    (705) 698-6668

    CUPE Communications
    Stella Yeadon
    (416) 559-9300