Cut to LHINs cynical optics for PCs, when focus should be proper funding for hospitals and ending hallway medicine

TORONTO, ON – With reports that Ontario’s PC government is moving to chop the province’s health planning networks (Local Health Integration Networks or LHINs), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), today urged the Premier and health minister to stop and focus instead on proper funding for hospitals and ending hallway medicine.   “Rather than…

Kingston shut out of budget hearings, but hospital union holds media conference Friday to kick-start local discussion

KINGSTON, ON – On Monday, provincial budget hearings begin in eight communities across Ontario. However, Kingston isn’t one of them. That’s why the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 1974, which represents 1,600 hospital staff at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), is holding a media conference on Friday, January 18 (2019) at 11:00 a.m., at…

With Sudbury hospital at 110 per cent capacity, staff build anti-cuts momentum with rally and community forum

SUDBURY, ON – Committed to stemming a cycle of provincial hospital underfunding they believe risks patient care, frontline staff at Health Sciences North (HSN) are building community opposition to the most recent round of staff and patient cuts at the hospital. Their efforts to form an anti-cuts movement in Sudbury are intensifying with a second…

Far from ending hallway medicine, Windsor / Essex stands to lose 81 more hospital beds, more than 390 staff under Ford programs

Keep me updated on health care cuts across Ontario! Your Full Name (required) Your Email (required) Are you a CUPE member? YesNo Would you like to be contacted by CUPE Ontario regarding this campaign and others? Yes [recaptcha]   WINDSOR, ON – Hallway medicine, hospital overcrowding and bed crisis will deepen at Windsor’s hospitals under…

Hospital’s closing century-old laundry and killing jobs is out of step with municipal candidates’ push to boost local economy

  PEMBROKE, ON – Candidates vying for seats in the coming municipal election who are talking up local economic development and jobs are on the right page, say staff trying to keep the area hospital from closing the in-house laundry and axing five full-time local jobs. However, they add, the Pembroke Regional Hospital is remarkably…

PC cuts to hospital surge beds follows cuts to mental health and addictions: PC health policy becomes clear despite attempt to dress bed cuts as new beds

  TORONTO, ON – As Ontario’s already overcrowded hospitals hit the fall flu season, a PC government announcement that slashes surge beds and funding by more than half, is “deceptive, misleading and very concerning,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. Last winter, the predecessor Liberals announced $187 million for 2018-2019…