Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

May 19, 2009 10:09 ET

Media Advisory: U.K. Expert in Nova Scotia to Discuss Spread of Health Care Associated Infections

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - An expert researcher on the connection between cleaning and health care associated infections will be speaking at a public meeting at the Citadel Hotel, 1960 Brunswick St., Halifax on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 pm. The meeting is part of a national tour organized by the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Steve Davies is a senior research fellow at Cardiff University in Wales. He has worked with government bodies, parliamentary authorities, employers and unions, and contributed to the Romanow Commission in 2001.

Davies 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 warn Nova Scotians against such cost-saving measures as overcrowding, understaffing, and contracting out of cleaning services.

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 National Media Relations
    Allison Gifford
    613-852-1494 (C)
    Catherine Buckie
    CUPE Communications Representative
    902-222-5384 (C)