Mobile hospital room tour to fight superbugs in Stratford Tuesday
STRATFORD, ON, April 25 /CNW/ - Although medical experts are blaming
hospital overcrowding (resulting from cuts to patient beds) for
infection outbreaks - particularly outbreaks of antibiotic- resistant
superbugs - the Ontario government plans to cut another 5,000 acute
care beds province-wide. Currently, hospital bed occupancy is at record
levels, over 97 per cent.
Studies show that healthcare-associated infections kill between 8,000
and 12,000 Canadians a year - 40 per cent of these deaths are in
"Many of these deaths are preventable. Ontario should follow the lead of
countries where hospital acquired infections have been drastically
reduced by pro-active measures," says Michael Hurley, the president of
the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) of the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE).
200 CUPE hospital and long-term care local union leaders will be in
Stratford for the hospital union's annual convention, on Tuesday, April
26 to Thursday, April 28, 2011. Delegates to convention will be
developing a strategic plan to defend public health care, including
fighting the closure of small and rural hospitals and the elimination
of thousands of acute care beds province-wide.
A mobile hospital room display will be set up as part of the convention
events at the Arden Park Suites Hotel and for a media conference on
Tuesday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. Using the mobile exhibit hospital
workers will demonstrate the effective and thorough cleaning practices
required to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
OCHU/CUPE's mobile hospital room tour will be visiting 15 communities
across northern Ontario beginning May 4. OCHU/CUPE represents 35,000
hospital workers province-wide.
SOURCE Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE)
For further information:
| Michael Hurley || President, OCHU/CUPE || (416) 884-0770 |
| Stella Yeadon || CUPE Communications || (416) 559-9300 |
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| Stella Yeadon |
Ontario Regional Office
(416) 559-9300 (Cell)