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BELLEVILLE, Ont. – Frustrated by a secretive, behind-the-scenes provincial government review of home care competitive bidding and the lack of public input, front line home care staff want to hear directly from Belleville area home care recipients and home care workers about their experiences with home care under a competitive model.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is holding a media conference in Belleville on

April 8, 2008 to release a home care telephone hotline and detail why competitive bidding and for-profit delivery is unsuited for publicly funded home care.

WHO:              Kelly O’Sullivan, President of a Toronto local representing home care


                                    Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions


WHAT:           Home Care Media Conference

WHERE:         Leona Dombrowsky’s Constituency Office – 81 Millennium Parkway, Unit C

Belleville, ON

WHEN:           Tuesday, April 8, 2008 – 3:00 p.m.

Studies show that, since competition was introduced a decade ago, the quality of home care has suffered, working conditions have diminished, and costs have increased as for-profit providers have taken over a majority of home care province-wide.

Despite the mounting evidence against competitive bidding and a for-profit home system, last week, in the Ontario Legislature, Premier Dalton McGuinty said he is not going to make the commitment to end home care competitive bidding. And although the McGuinty Liberals have stressed that the contract process is focused on quality services and not cutting health care costs, the Premier also said that his government thinks the “competitive bidding process is an important aspect of helping us to manage those costs.”

O’Sullivan says that, “the adverse realities of home care competitive bidding, and for-profit delivery, are being ignored by this government. The hotline will provide an opportunity for those in Belleville directly affected by contract competition to relay their experiences and give input into a process that the McGuinty government has shut them out of.”

For more information please contact:

Valerie Dugale            CUPE Communications         (647) 225-3685

Kelly O’Sullivan           President, CUPE 4308           (416) 596-7927

Michael Hurley            President, OCHU/CUPE        (416) 884-0770