OTTAWA, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Staff at the Arnprior and District
Memorial Hospital are marching this morning to preserve local health
OPSEU Local 491 and CUPE Local 2198 are inviting the local community to
join them at Hydro Park at 11:30 am and then march to the hospital.
Hospital professionals and support staff are upset at ongoing job losses
and bed closures at the hospital.
"These cuts impact community access to quality health care in Arnprior,"
says OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "The Health Ministry says
they want to deliver the right care at the right time in the right
place, but that 'place' is almost never a rural community."
In June the hospital closed six acute care beds. In October there was a
significant cut in physiotherapy services and more diagnostic imaging
losses are to come in January. Other cuts at the hospital have included
laundry services and all personal support workers.
SOURCE: Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
For further information:
Greg Hamara (OPSEU Communications) 1-800-268-7376.