Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

November 01, 2005 12:48 ET

UNDERSTAFFED & UNDER PRESSURE-More Health Care Workers! NOW Campaign

OFL News Conference - November 2, 2005 @ 3:00 p.m. - Orillia Highway Inn & Conference Centre, Simcoe Room, 201 Woodside Drive, Orillia Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 1, 2005) - An Ontario Federation of Labour news conference in Orillia will release a report compiled by the OFL on the desperate state of health care workers in virtually every sector of the health care system.

The Report, Understaffed & Under Pressure: A reality check by Ontario health care workers, outlines the condition of the exhausted workers who are trying to provide the proper care to our society's sick, injured and frail in the face of our understaffed health care system. The Report calls on the provincial government to restore and strengthen the public health care system.

Earlier this year the OFL went on a fact finding tour of 15 cities across the province and spoke with the people who deliver the care in our health care system: workers in emergency services, homecare, hospitals, long term care, retirement homes, mental health and public health. This is their Report.

In attendance at the news conference:

Ethel Birkett-LaValley, Secretary-Treasurer, Ontario Federation of Labour
Linda McDowell, President, Orillia/Muskoka & District Labour Council

With the release of the Report the OFL is launching a province-wide campaign to pressure the McGuinty Liberal government to hire more health care workers throughout the system.

cope343 /For further information: Ethel Birkett-LaValley
Ontario Federation of Labour
416.576.2192 (cellular)/ IN: HEALTH, LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Lindia McDowell, President, Orillia/Muskoka & District Labour Council
    Primary Phone: 705-686-3469