North Bay hospital staff take part in on-site solidarity day to keep addictions treatment program from closing

NORTH BAY, ON – With the North Bay Regional Health Centre residential addictions program threatened with closure, tomorrow (Tuesday, January 7) hospital staff are taking the unprecedented step of holding a solidarity day to keep the beds from closing. In support of patients in treatment and the nurses and therapists who provide the services, throughout…

With new critical reports, Ontario’s Solicitor General must act to stop the closure of Hamilton forensic pathology

HAMILTON, ON – Ontario’s Solicitor General must act immediately to stop the controversial closure of the Hamilton forensic pathology unit, in light of two new critical reports – one from respected provincial auditor Bonnie Lysyk – the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says. Since the summer of 2019 when the closure was made public,…

Why is a hospital residential addiction program being cut when North Bay had 138 drug-related overdoses since May?

NORTH BAY, ON – In the midst of an opioid crisis that continues to devastate families in northeastern Ontario, an in-hospital residential addiction and detox program – that “helps save lives”, is on the chopping block at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) warned today. Funding cuts…

Crisis Shortage of PSWs in Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes Risks Safety of Residents and Staff: New Report

Toronto – The Ontario Health Coalition released a new report today developed in partnership with UNIFOR on the Personal Support Worker (PSW) crisis in Ontario’s long-term care homes. The report “Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s Long-Term Care PSW Shortage” is available on the OHC website here. In a press conference at the Ontario Legislature, Natalie Mehra,…

Ontario PCs urged to scrap health service privatization in Bill 138

TORONTO, ON – The provincial government has no mandate to “hurriedly” pass legislation  (Bill 138) which opens health care clinical and support services to aggressive privatization, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) said today. “Health service privatization seems a cruel holiday gift to people in Ontario who are sick, patients on stretchers in hospital…

New fast-tracked Bill on private clinics and supply chain exposes the PC’s plan to privatize health services

TORONTO, ON – Despite overwhelming evidence that the privatization of clinical and support services in health care has milked taxpayers and exposed patients to infection, poorer outcomes and death, the Ontario government has fast-tracked Bill 138 to facilitate further privatization, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) charged today. Today appearing before the Standing Committee…

Provincial funding cut to Kingston hospital will climb to $66.9 million by 2023 under Ford Conservatives

KINGSTON, ON – Kingston patients’ access to hospital care and services will be further diminished if the Doug Ford Conservatives move forward with future funding cuts to health care that, in 2023, will climb to $66.9 million for Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC). These cuts will unfold as Kingston’s population is aging and KHSC struggles…