Media advisory - Town Hall Meeting in Cornwall on Hospital Laboratory Centralization

    OTTAWA, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ -

    When:   Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 7:00 pm

    Where:  at the RCAF hall, 240 Water St. West

    Who:    Concerned citizens of the Cornwall area, members of the Ontario
            Coalition of Hospital Unions (OCHU - CUPE) and other health care

    What:   Workers and union leaders in the health care sector will explain
            why the project of centralizing the hospital laboratories into
            one or two locations in the whole Champlain LHIN is a bad idea
            for our communities and for the quality of the services provided
            by local hospitals.

    Why:    The Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA) is
            moving towards a single employer model and the centralization of
            testing in one or two hospitals for the Champlain LHIN area,
            which goes from Cornwall to Pembroke. This would mean the closing
            of local labs in a dozen hospitals in the region, the loss of
            high skill jobs in those areas and more delays in obtaining test
            results for patients. This project is wrong from a public health
            perspective and is not even supposed to generate significant
            savings, even according to its promoters.

For further information:

For further information: Benoit Renaud, CUPE Communications, Cell: (613)
818-0077,; Michael Hurley, President, OCHU, (416) 599-0770 x
21, Cell: (416) 884-0770,

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