Media Advisory - "Clean Hands" are not enough - we need lower occupancy rates, no more outsourcing, more cleaning

    Health care workers to explore relationship between inadequate funding,
    outsourcing and hospital-acquired infections

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - "Clean hands" are not enough in the
battle against hospital infections, health care workers will say at a media
conference today, Tuesday, October 21.
    The Ontario government needs to take concrete steps to lower hospital
occupancy rates, end the contracting out of cleaning services and ensure that
hospital areas affected by infections such as C. Difficile receive increased
levels of quality cleaning, health care workers and NDP MPP Andrea Horwath
will argue at this morning's Queen's Park media event.


    WHAT:  Media conference on cleaning jobs and hospital infections

    WHO:   Andrea Horwath, NDP MPP for Hamilton Centre
           Mike Tracey, President, Canadian Union of Public Employees
           (CUPE) 786, St. Joseph's Hospital (Hamilton)
           Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions

    WHEN:  Tuesday, October 21, 10:00 AM

    WHERE: Queen's Park Media Studio, Queen's Park, Toronto


    The McGuinty government, through its "Local Health Integration Networks"
(LHINs), is not funding hospitals adequately, forcing many to consider
contracting out cleaning, despite escalated risk from infections.
    In Britain, hospitals outsourced hospital housekeeping services, dropping
staff from nearly 100,000 to 55,000 in the last 15 years. In April 2008,
Britain's Royal College of Nursing called for cleaning services to be brought
back in-house and for the end of outsourcing, citing a drop in standards and a
rise in infections. Just two days ago, Scottish health secretary Nicola
Sturgeon pledged to end the contracting out of cleaning services in Scottish

For further information:

For further information: David Robbins, CUPE Communications, cell (613)

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