SEIU Local 1 Canada

SEIU Local 1 Canada

July 12, 2010 12:16 ET

SEIU Local 1 Canada: Patients and Staff Rally at Brampton Hospital

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) - Staff and patients held a rally today over concerns about patient safety and over-stretched frontline staff at William Osler Health Centre, the site of a recent bed bug outbreak.

Hospital staff represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 1 Canada submitted proposals a year ago to increase patient safety and ensure patients get the right nurse at the right time. But the Ontario Hospitals Association has been stalling since last summer and today patients and staff in Brampton spoke out.

"We need to make sure patients coming to hospital get to see the right nurse at the right time and are kept safe during their stay," said Sharleen Stewart, president of SEIU Local 1 Canada.

Protesters delivered signed postcards demanding the introduction of a rapid-response system that would allow Registered Practical Nurses to raise the alarm over patient safety. William Osler has an annual budget of about $500-million but has failed to implement low cost recommendations from nurses to protect patients and also separately failed to prevent a bed bug outbreak.

Staff and patients have already delivered about 5,000 signed postcards to hospital executives across Ontario urging an end to delays on patient safety measures.

The rally on Bovaird Drive called on the hospital association to reach an agreement with members of SEIU Local 1 and implement staff recommendations.

"Staff have been made to wait for a year while hospital executives have been busy pocketing millions in inflated salaries," said Ms. Stewart.

Staff have been without a contract since August 2009.

SEIU Local 1 Canada represents 46,000 healthcare and community service workers in Ontario.

Contact Information

  • Pat Chastang
    (416) 709-0501
    Greg Dwulit
    (416) 526-5999