Statement by the Ontario Hospital Association re: Hospital Funding and Jobs



    TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - This morning, representatives from the Canadian
Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ontario Public Sector Employees' Union
(OPSEU), the Canadian Autoworkers (CAW), and the Service Employees
International Union (SEIU) held a new conference at Queen's Park to discuss
potential job losses and downsizing in Ontario's hospital sector.
    During the news conference, it was suggested that the Ontario Hospital
Association (OHA) had informed this group that an estimated 5000 full time
jobs could be lost at currently planned funding levels.
    The OHA has specifically chosen to not communicate publicly about
specific potential funding or job loss scenarios because such forecasting is
imprecise.
    We believe that the most responsible course of action at this time is for
hospitals, Local Health Integration Networks, employee groups and the
Government of Ontario to work together to minimize the potential impact of the
global financial crisis on Ontario's patients and health care professionals.
Our organization continues to work in that regard.





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