ARNPRIOR, ON, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Council of Hospital
Unions and CUPE local 2198 are calling on the administration of
Arnprior and District Hospital, to keep open 6 acute care beds, which
have been primarily closed since June 2013. CUPE local 2198 represents
staff at the hospital.
The budgets for Ontario hospitals have been frozen as a result of a
5-year funding freeze introduced by the Liberals and supported by the
Progressive Conservative party and by the NDP. Over the last several
summers, bed closures in Arnprior have extended from 15 weeks to
17weeks and now much longer.
"Patients are being held the emergency room where they may have been
transferred to the floor because the hospital did not staff 6 available
beds in acute care. We believe that the beds are needed and should be
re-opened and staffed permanently," says Patrick Garbutt, president of
CUPE local 2198. "With a community whose population is growing faster
than the national average, we need these beds today, tomorrow and well
into the future. When people are recovering in their own community,
they have the support of family and friends that promotes a faster
recovery. Isolate them from that support structure and there is a
barrier to speedy recovery. We must keep these beds and services open
and local - this by definition is patient centered care"
"We are extremely concerned about the ongoing closures of beds at the
Arnprior and District Hospital. We believe that patients are being
redirected to Ottawa for treatments that they should receive in their
community. We are afraid that smaller community hospitals, including
Arnprior and District, are being deliberately downsized, phased down
and phased out. " says Michael Hurley, the president of CUPE's Ontario
Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU).
Mr. Garbutt and Mr. Hurley will hold a media conference to discuss this
issue on Monday November 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the Royal Canadian
Legion, 49 Daniel Street North, Arnprior.
SOURCE: Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE)
For further information:
Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE