TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ -Over 100 healthcare providers are
registered to attend a forum on poverty and healthcare outcomes, which
will be held at 25 Cecil Street, Toronto from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on
Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday September 10.
Organizations sponsoring the forum are the Ontario Nurses Association,
Ontario Healthcare Providers Against Poverty, the Ontario Council of
Hospital Unions, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, the Ontario
Healthcare Coalition and many others.
Poverty and malnutrition lead to higher child mortality rates and rates
of chronic disease. Social assistance rates were cut by the Harris government and are now
55% below where they would have been without that cut. In addition, the
Liberal government has cut the special diet allowance that provided
money to people with chronic conditions to buy food.
Organizations sponsoring the forum believe that social assistance rates
must be raised substantially and the special diet allowance restored.
SOURCE Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE)
For further information:
Patti Encinas, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions 905-807-3910
Lisa Schoeffield, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty 416-899-6445