Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

November 22, 2007 13:00 ET

Media Advisory-Photo Opportunity (Opseu Local 479): Health Care Workers Distribute "P3 Funny Money" to Draw Attention to Ontario's First For-Profit Hospital Facility

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2007) - Workers at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre will be handing out "P3 Dollars" to make the point that there is no 'free money' when private corporations build public infrastructure, such as hospitals.

Members of Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 479, representing mental health workers, will be giving out the 'funny money' to make their point.

What: Street Theatre

When: Friday, November 23, 2007, 8:00 am

Where: Tunney's Pasture Transit Station at Holland Avenue and Scott Street

Afterwards, a news conference will take place, providing an update on continuing problems at the hospital, including the arrival of a fee-based clinic operating alongside public services.

What: News conference on problems at the private facility

When: Friday, November 23, 11:30 a.m.

Where: 280 Metcalfe St., 5th floor (Labour Council office)

ROMHC is the first privately designed, built and financed hospital in Ontario. It opened in 2006, and has experienced a high number of problems, including hidden costs and risk factors for staff and patients. Workers have long maintained that the privatization of this facility has had harmful impacts on patient care and the public interest.

At the ROMHC, the private sector is now encroaching further on the facility, delivering two-tier care in the same facility.

MindCare Centres, a private clinic with a new form of depression treatment not covered by the Ontario health plan, or approved in the United States, has taken up residence inside the facility.

Contact Information

    Marlene Rivier
    (613) 222-8392