Media Advisory - URGENT All major Ontario Seniors' groups meet at Queen's Park: Health Coalition Regarding moratorium on homecare's competitive bidding

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ -

    WHEN:        Wednesday, March 26

    WHERE:       Committee Room 2,  Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park

    TIME:        2-4 p.m.

    WHAT:        The provincial government imposed a second moratorium on
                 competitive bidding in homecare following a protest of 1,500
                 people in Hamilton in January. There, the community raised
                 an uproar when the VON and St. Joseph's were eliminated from
                 bidding for services they had provided for 100 and 80 years
                 respectively in a secretive and incomprehensible process.
                 Officials in the Minister of Health's office have been
                 telling groups that they will make a decision about next
                 steps regarding the moratorium in the next few weeks.

    WHO:         Linda Haslam Stroud, President of Ontario Nurses'
                 Carol Kushner, Health Policy Analyst and Author
                 Bea Levis, Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens'
                 Derrell Dular, Alliance of Seniors/Older Canadians Network
                 Natalie Mehra, Director of the Ontario Health Coalition

    SPONSORS:    Alliance of Seniors/Older Canadians Network
                 Active Retired Members, District 12, OSSTF
                 Canadian Pensioners Concerned
                 CareWatch Toronto
                 CAW Retirees
                 Congress of Union Retirees Canada
                 Older Women's Network
                 Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens' Organizations
                 Ontario Federation of Union Retirees
                 Ontario Health Coalition
                 Steelworker Active Retirees (SOAR)
                 Toronto Health Coalition

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Health Coalition at (416) 441-2502

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