Colchester Residents placed in jeopardy with ICU closures -CUPE



    TRURO, NS, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - The president of CUPE Nova Scotia says
thousands of Colchester County residents' health care is being placed in
jeopardy with the shut down of the Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units at
the Regional Hospital in Truro.
    Danny Cavanagh says, "To have these facilities closed for any amount of
time is simply unacceptable. I am dumbfounded when I hear the premier state
time and time again that a 15-hour strike puts the safety of residents at
risk, then he sits idly by and watches a critical situation like this unfold."
    Says Cavanagh, "The fact is emergency room closures are now a common
occurrence across the province - and they're getting worse. There are chronic
shortages of health professionals in Nova Scotia and a serious shortage of
long term care beds, which means seniors must live in acute care beds in
hospitals.
    "We need those long term care beds in many communities today, not ten
years from now, says Cavanagh.
    "I heard the Health Minister this weekend blaming previous governments
for the shortage of nursing home beds. Well his party has been in power for
nine years! What gives," asks Cavanagh.
    "On behalf of the 8,000 health and community care workers that CUPE
represents in this province, we urge Rodney McDonald to work with front line
workers to address wait times for surgeries and diagnostic procedures," says
Cavanagh.
    Says Cavanagh, "This government is placing citizens and families at risk
with these closures far more than any strike ever has."




For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, President, CUPE Nova Scotia,
(902) 957-0822 (Cell), cupenovascotia@tru.eastlink.ca; John McCracken, CUPE
Communications Representative, (902) 455-4180 (o), jmccracken@cupe.ca

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