Media advisory - Kingston rocks to bring home importance of public services, problems with hospital contracting out

    KINGSTON, ON, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Ontario and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)
will hold a media conference on Thursday, August 28 at 10:30 a.m. to outline
how provincial underfunding and contracting out may lead to cuts and erosion
of quality care at Kingston General Hospital as has happened with other
hospitals facing deficits.
    "Residents have bought and paid for these public services. Yet so-called
'restructuring' by the provincial health ministry and the Local Health
Integration Network (LHIN) is causing the community to lose control of what
happens to health services," says OCHU President Michael Hurley.
    The media conference will also address the loss of good jobs and the
resulting economic impact on local communities when governments contract out
services to private operators or enter into expensive public-private
partnerships (P3s) to build community facilities.

    Date:               Thursday, August 28, 2008

    Media Conference:   10:30 a.m.

    Location:           Kingston City Hall
                        216 Ontario Street
                        Sir John A. MacDonald Room

    This media conference is being held the day before CUPE Ontario hosts a
free rock concert with April Wine in Kingston to highlight the need to
preserve public services that are the bedrock of strong communities.

For further information:

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

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