Media advisory - Hospital cut-backs, high bed occupancy rates a recipe for more patient deaths due to hospital infections

    TORONTO, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Evidence-based research shows that
Ontario hospitals, including the Rouge Valley Health System, are at increased
risk to have patients die from hospital acquired infections because of
conditions created by government underfunding, according to the Ontario
Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), the hospital division of the Canadian Union
of Public Employees (CUPE).
    British research on the correlation of high bed occupancy rates to
significant increases in superbug infections will be presented by CUPE at a
Queen's Park media conference on Monday June 16 at 10:00 a.m.
    CUPE will also discuss how budget cuts to hospitals like the Rouge Valley
Health System, along with projected higher bed occupancy levels, could be a
recipe for disaster.
    "It appears that Health Minister George Smitherman has not learned enough
from the deaths of 62 patients at Burlington's Joseph Brant Hospital arising
from the C.Difficile infection" says OCHU President Michael Hurley.
    At this media conference:

      Date:      Monday June 16, 2008
      Time:      10:00 a.m.
      Location:  Media Studio, Room 148
                 Queen's Park

    Speakers will include:

    - Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
    - Brian Davis, President, CUPE 4365 representing Rouge Valley Hospital

For further information:

For further information: Michael Hurley, OCHU President, (416) 884-0770;
Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647) 225-3685

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