Media advisory - Kingston General Hospital needs funding, not reprisals

    Rally against CEO's dismissal slated for noon tomorrow, June 26

    KINGSTON, ON, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Front-line health care workers will
rally tomorrow, Thursday, June 26, for full funding for KGH as they condemn
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.

    WHAT:    Rally for adequate funding for KGH
    WHERE:   Outside the old front entrance, KGH, 76 Stuart St.
    WHEN:    Thursday, June 26, 12:00 noon

    Mr. de Mora was dismissed yesterday 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 they
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
    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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