ARNPRIOR, ON, Dec. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Hospital staff from across Eastern Ontario will demonstrate at the
Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital on Dec 10, to keep 6 acute care
beds open, which have been primarily closed since June 2013. Summer bed
closures in Arnprior now stretch into fall and winter.
"The hospital went from de-staffing 6 beds indefinitely, to saying it
was only 4 beds and they are trying to send patients home faster, says
Patrick Garbutt, president of CUPE local 2198. " Now the hospital is
telling nursing staff that the beds are open but they are yet to be
properly staffed. More patients are held in ER "Overload" beds. The
hospital plans to cut more services in physiotherapy and diagnostic
imaging, which will mean longer waiting times for our patients. These
are essential services which make a hospital a hospital."
" Hospital employees from across Eastern Ontario are extremely concerned
about the ongoing closures of beds at the Arnprior and District
Memorial Hospital. We see a clear pattern of patients from smaller
communities being redirected to Ottawa for treatments that they should
receive in their community hospital. We believe that smaller community
hospitals, including Arnprior and District, are being deliberately
phased down and phased out. " says Michael Hurley, the president of
CUPE's Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU).
The protest will begin at the Arnpior Quality Inn at 11:30 a.m. and
proceed up Madawaska and John to the Hospital.
SOURCE: Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE)
For further information:
Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE