Permanent hospital beds are what communities need – Major hospital rally planned Friday in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ON – Ontario’s hospital bed shortage is a chronic condition that “won’t be alleviated by the small number of temporary beds the province announced this week. Underfunded hospitals and sick patients who truly have nowhere to go and the pressures of an aging and growing population require permanent resources for that,” says Michael Hurley president…

“Ontario hospitals don’t want you to know that violence against hospital staff is real and rampant,” says union taking public awareness campaign to radio today

TORONTO, ON – A small investment in a Plexiglass barrier would have prevented a patient from stabbing a Perth/Smiths Falls hospital admitting clerk in the neck. Better alarms would have enabled nurses at Hamilton’s St. Joseph’s Health Centre to summon help when a patient, asked to take his medication, became violent. A nurse at a…

A hospital that refuses to accept violence against patients and staff would be in everyone’s interest, wouldn’t it?

SUDBURY, ON –  Data show that physical, verbal and sexual assaults against Ontario hospital staff are prevalent and increasing. It is widely understood that workplace violence is under-reported in the health sector. “Hospitals that are dangerous for staff to work in are also dangerous for patients. The level of physical and sexual assault against hospital…

Negotiations for 27,000 hospital staff break down following Ontario hospitals’ refusal to address workplace violence

TORONTO, ON — Contract negotiations between the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) abruptly broke down today following the hospitals’ refusal to address the issue of workplace violence. Although other sectors have seen decreases in workplace violence, incidents in health care are rising in Ontario. Nearly half of direct…