Toronto experience challenges Pembroke Regional Hospital’s contracting sterilization of surgical instruments

PEMBROKE, ON — CUPE asked today why at least one major institution representing 3 large Toronto hospitals has ended its contract with the company that reprocesses and sterilizes its surgical instruments over quality issues, but Pembroke Regional Hospital would sign a 5 year contract with the same company? After 4 years, Trillium Health Partners, with…

Large hospital’s experience with instrument sterilization company shared at Pembroke media conference Monday

PEMBROKE, ON – After just 4 years, Trillium Health Partners, with 850 hospital beds and many operating suites, ended their 10 year contract with SteriPro and brought sterilization of instruments back in house. This is the same private company that the Pembroke Regional Hospital has signed a multi-year contract with to do the hospital’s surgical…

GTA hospital staff on buses today to support North Bay nurse fired for speaking out against violence

Toronto, ON — 150 health care staff from across greater Toronto will be among hundreds of hospital and long-term care workers from across Ontario heading to North Bay today, for a rally in support of Sue McIntyre who was fired last month for speaking up about workplace violence. McIntyre was one of several nurses who…

Nurse fired for speaking up about patient violence to make first public statement Wednesday in North Bay

Assignment Desks: New location for tomorrow’s media conference is the Royal Canadian Legion, 150 1st Ave. West, North Bay   NORTH BAY, ON — North Bay nurse Sue McIntyre will speak publicly on Wednesday for the first time since her termination for voicing concerns about violence against health care staff. A media conference is scheduled…

Service and care cuts at Ross Memorial Hospital undermining future of the hospital MPP must speak out against them

LINDSAY, ON — Piece-by-piece health services once available to Lindsay residents at Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) are being moved to the Peterborough hospital or “quietly, silently being eliminated altogether,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/CUPE. Hospital staff are concerned, says Hurley that the most recent rash of “hospital service…