Kingston General Hospital needs funding, not reprisals

    Community rallies for funding and against CEO's dismissal

    KINGSTON, ON, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Front-line health care workers
rallied today for full funding for KGH as they condemned the reprisal firing
of Joe De Mora.
    "Let's be clear. The province fired Mr. De Mora because he refused to do
its dirty work by cutting the $17 million from Kingston General's budget that
the South East Local Health Integration Network demanded," said Louis
Rodrigues, President of CUPE 1974, representing KGH's support service workers.
    Mr. de Mora was dismissed earlier this week by a LHIN-mandated team of
"inspectors". Rodrigues noted that the LHIN practice of punishing hospitals
for refusing to cut services is becoming way too common.
    "LHINs are putting more and more hospitals under supervision because
hospitals are refusing to cut services," Rodrigues said. "Why won't the
province get the message that communities are rejecting the LHIN's demand to
cut? Is our new minister of health and long-term care, David Caplan, listening
to communities?"
    Rodrigues called on MPP John Gerretsen to finally intervene on behalf of
his community to protect the Kingston General.
    "We need Mr. Gerretsen to carry our message back to Minister Caplan: give
our hospital the funding it needs to maintain excellent quality care for our
community," Rodrigues said. "Give Kingston General funding, not reprisals."

For further information:

For further information: Louis Rodrigues, President, CUPE 1974, (613)
531-1319 (C); David Robbins, CUPE Communications, (613) 878-1431 (C)

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