Media Advisory - North Bay the Petri dish for plan to restructure health care - Private hospital, closure of laundry, lost health service jobs all part of the plan - CUPE's Hurley says

    NORTH BAY, ON, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - From the high $1.1 billion cost of
a new private hospital, to the decision to close the Nipissing joint hospitals
laundry, North Bay is the Petri dish experiment for the plan to restructure
health care, says Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of
Hospital Unions (OCHU), the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE).
    That plan, adds Hurley, includes "more privatization, pricing competition
between health care providers and fewer good-waged, local health service jobs.
For northern communities like North Bay, the future of health care, under this
plan, will add up to both less local access to health services and fewer
health service jobs."
    Hurley will deliver that message to North Bay council tonight at
7:00 p.m. - part of his presentation to municipal leaders focused on the type
of health care restructuring supported by both the Dalton McGuinty Liberals
and the John Tory Conservatives.
    Nipissing laundry workers, slated to lose their jobs because of a
decision by local health system providers to close the facility and move the
service to Sudbury, will join Hurley for the deputation to council.
    Hundreds of OCHU/CUPE health care workers from across the province will
be travelling to North Bay for the 'Keep Jobs Local' rally scheduled for
June 18 in support of the laundry workers.

        WHO:   Michael Hurley, President, OCHU/CUPE

        WHAT:  Deputation to North Bay Council

        WHERE: North Bay City Hall, Council Chambers

        WHEN:  June 11, 2007 - 7:00 p.m.

For further information:

For further information: Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of
Hospital Unions/CUPE, (416) 884-0770; Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications,
(416) 578-8774

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