Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

March 07, 2012 17:39 ET

Media Advisory: Rally tomorrow to stop McGuinty health care plan for Sudbury

Shut operating rooms, hospital bed and staff cuts

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 7, 2012) - More than $1 billion in hospital cuts being considered by the Liberal government will mean reduced services, increased waiting lists for community-based care, closed hospital beds and more job loss in Greater Sudbury, say hospital workers rallying tomorrow (Thursday, March 8 at 12 noon) to defend health services.

The Liberals are already cutting 60 non-acute care beds at the former Memorial Hospital. Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci insists there is "no chance" his government will continue to fund these beds.

Sudbury could lose as many as 100 more beds if Premier Dalton McGuinty and health minister Deb Matthews move forward on cutting all 12,000 non-acute care beds province-wide. That will mean for every 1000 residents there will be just 1.8 hospital beds available in Sudbury's hospital system. That's well below the Ontario average of 2.4 beds per 1,000 population, already the lowest of any province.

"That kind of cut to hospital beds would basically put Sudbury on par with Mexico which has the lowest number of beds among economically developed countries," says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) who will be among the speakers at the noon rally Thursday.

Given that Health Sciences North already has a $9 million operational deficit that has to be eliminated by September 2012, "the Liberal's funding cuts can only mean immense upheaval for patient care," says Hurley.

Tomorrow's rally at Bartolucci's Cedar St. office is the first of similar rallies this March in communities across the province including Peterborough, Brampton, Niagara Falls, Kitchener, Kenora and Ottawa.

OCHU is the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents over 60,000 health care workers.

Contact Information

  • Michael Hurley
    President, OCHU
    (416) 884-0770

    Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communications
    (416) 559-9300