Workers rally Saturday 11:30 a.m. on laundry’s last day to call on health minister to intervene in corrupted bidding process

SUDBURY, ON — Thousands in the Sudbury community want Health Sciences North (HSN) to rescind its contract with a laundry in Southern Ontario, for hospital laundry workers not to lose their jobs and for the MPP to “visibly care” and do something, anything at all to keep the work local.   “Why aren’t HSN and…

Open 200 permanent beds at Ottawa hospitals to deal with critical bed shortage

OTTAWA, ON — With patients in hallways and offices, and occupancy levels at Ottawa hospitals consistently at 100 per cent and some days spiking upwards of 120 per cent,  the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) today called on the province to open at least 200 fully-funded and permanent beds at hospitals, Ottawa-wide. The beds are…

Ontario’s labour minister called on to end savage assaults on health care staff

TORONTO, ON — Savage assaults by patients and patients’ families on Ontario nurses, personal support workers and other front line hospital and long-term care staff, have left workers with severe facial injuries, broken bones, brain injuries and in several cases, unable to walk. Many are suffering from post-traumatic stress and psychological damage according to the…

Open 17 permanent hospital beds in Cornwall to deal with critical bed shortage

CORNWALL, ON —  With occupancy levels spiking recently to 138 per cent at Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) today called on the province to open at least 17 fully-funded and permanent beds at the hospital. The beds are needed to alleviate the consistent strain from insufficient beds at the…

$6.4 million year loss to Sudbury economy, if hospital laundry jobs cut

SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury’s local economy will take a yearly $6.4 million financial hit, if the laundry is closed and 50 hospital laundry workers lose their jobs. That’s the finding of the independent economic impact analysis, Greater Sudbury council asked for earlier in January, to assess the effect of a Health Sciences North (HSN) decision…

Hospital, MPP offside with 92 per cent of Sudburians who want hospital laundry jobs saved

SUDBURY, ON — Sudbury lost 700 jobs last month and the results of a poll released today indicates that overwhelmingly the community expects large employers like the regional hospital and MPP Glenn Thibeault to save jobs locally. 91.9 per cent of those polled said they do not support a decision by Health Sciences North (HSN)…

Open 45 permanent beds at KGH to deal with critical bed shortage: Province urged

KINGSTON, ON — With hospital occupancy at between 101 and 120 per cent for several months at Kingston General Hospital (KGH), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 1974 and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions of CUPE called on the province today to open at least 45 fully-funded and staffed beds at the hospital.…

“Fix chronic shortage of inpatient beds at KGH” OCHU/CUPE calls for new (45) permanent beds at Friday media conference

KINGSTON, ON — The fix to a consistently too-full Kingston General Hospital (KGH) is “not ill patients triaging themselves at home and staying away from hospital. It’s not sick patients on gurneys in hallways with overworked staff trying to keep up.  The solution to the chronic shortage of inpatient beds must be a permanent one;…

Open 40 permanent hospital beds in Sudbury to deal with critical bed shortage

SUDBURY, ON — The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) today called on the province to open at least 40 fully-funded and permanent beds at Health Sciences North (HSN). The beds are needed to alleviate the consistent strain from insufficient beds at the hospital, recently highlighted by the influx of patients suffering from the flu…