Media Advisory - Health care activists converge at Rouge Valley Hospital this Monday to stop erosion of services

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Defenders of public health care and front
line workers from as far away as Sudbury and Kingston will converge at the
Rouge Valley Hospital System's Centenary site this Monday, June 23 to draw
attention to the severe erosion of hospital services being proposed for the
communities of Scarborough, Ajax and Pickering.
    The Centenary and Ajax-Pickering hospital sites that serve these
communities are facing a level of budget cuts that will severely compromise
their ability to meet the health care needs of residents in these communities.
Under proposed plans, 220 front line workers and nurses are threatened with
layoffs, 36 hospital beds will be cut, bed occupancy levels will increase
dramatically, and cleaning staff will be laid off.
    By standing by and doing nothing, the Ontario government is also ignoring
mounting evidence that links high hospital bed occupancy rates and cuts to
cleaning staff with increased risk of patients dying from hospital-acquired
infections. At this event:

              Date:     Monday, June 23, 2008
              Time:     12:30 p.m.
              Location: Centenary Hospital
                        2867 Ellesmere Road (Between Markham & Neilson)

    Speakers will include:

    - Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President
    - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)
225-3685; David Cox, OPSEU Communications, (416) 788-9197

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