Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

August 05, 2011 11:11 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE-Media Advisory: Thousands in Hamilton not getting the care they need under privatized homecare system

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 5, 2011) - This document corrects and replaces the media advisory that was sent today at 11:11 am ET. The dateline has been amended and a comma has been removed from the first paragraph.

For years many in Hamilton have been vocal about the dismal state of homecare in this community, which has left thousands without care, and families scrambling to support loved ones.

Since the late 1990's when the Progressive Conservative Government, which included current party leader Tim Hudak, introduced compulsory contracting out of services, a move that shifted homecare from not for profit provision to a primarily for profit service, this system has syphoned public dollars from direct care to the profits of the private providers.

In 2006, the Hamilton community successfully mobilized to force the government to temporarily suspend the destructive compulsory contracting out of home care.

On Tuesday August 9th, representatives from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario and the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) are holding a media conference in Hamilton to focus on what needs to change in how homecare is delivered so that the thousands across the province on waiting lists have access to care.

What? A news conference about the effects of contracting out homecare away from the public sector.
Who? Kelly O'Sullivan, CUPE Ontario Home Care Representative
Ontario Health Coalition Representative
Xolisiwe (Connie) Ndlovu – Personal Support Worker
When? Tuesday August 9th from 11 am until 12 (noon)
Where? Hamilton City Hall
Room CH 264
71 Main St. W.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Communications
    Ryan LeClaire
    416-992-4094