SMITHS FALLS, ON, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Council of Hospital
Unions, the hospital division of CUPE, will hold a media conference
announcing a community telephone hotline, which will allow members of
the public to call in about their experiences with healthcare in the
Smiths Falls and Perth and area communities.
The budget for the hospitals in Smiths Fall's and Perth have suffered
significant cutbacks as a result of the 5-year funding freeze on
hospitals, introduced by the Liberals but supported by the Progressive
Conservative and NDP.
Last year the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital announced $4
million in service cuts that included the closure of 12 beds and cuts
to physiotherapy and day hospital hours, hip, knee, cataract and day
surgeries, palliative care, diagnostic- imaging, and food services.
"We are asking members of the public to call the hotline about their
experience with care at the hospital, whether they were sent to Ottawa
or Kingston for hospital treatment and what their experiences with
homecare have been," says Michael Hurley, the president of CUPE's
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU).
"We committed to continue to follow up with the community about the
impact of cutbacks. Once we have the input from the public we can talk
more concretely about the impact of the bed and service reductions at
the hospitals on individuals and their families," says Hurley.
The hotline number, which will be up and running on October 11 is:
The media conference will take place at the Legion, 7 St. Mary Street
East in Smiths Falls, at 11:00 a.m. October 11, 2013.
SOURCE: Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE)
For further information:
Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE