TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Community members will rally on Friday December 12 in downtown New Liskeard, to protest cutbacks at Temiskaming Hospital. The rally will begin at the post office at 4:30 and proceed through downtown.
The hospital has announced that 15 full-time staff positions will be cut, 10% of the hospital workforce. Of these, 9 nursing positions (18,000 hours) will be eliminated. 50% of operating room time is being closed. The cafeteria is closing.
Ontario hospitals are in the 3rd year of a 5-year funding freeze. Hospitals have lost over 15% of their budgets to the rising costs of drugs, medical technologies, doctors' salaries and other factors.
The Auditor General reported this week that the Ontario government has spent $ 8 billion more than it needed to on P3 infrastructure projects like the North Bay hospital. Meanwhile, critically needed services are closing in New Liskeard for want of $1.5 million.
SOURCE: Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE)
For further information: Arlene Hearn, CUPE Local 904, 705-647-8501; Sharon Richer, Vice-president, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE, 705-280-0911