Hospital staff rally to fight cuts in Peterborough
Hospital staff from across Ontario assembled to protest deep cuts to services.
Peterborough, ON – October 4, 2010: More than 500 health workers from across the province took part in a huge community rally to protest against planned cuts at the Peterborough Community Hospital, including to 252 recent layoff notices to CUPE members.
In addition to the staff layoffs, the proposed cuts include: Closing the downtown women's health centre; Dozens of hospital beds to be closed and an untold number of beds to remain unusable because they will not be staffed; Cuts to ICU, medical and surgical beds, infection control and housekeeping.
OCHU president Michael Hurley said, "This is just the beginning, we won't let this government close community hospital and we will have many other rallies like this one with more and more people."
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Hundreds protests hospital cuts during union rally
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
Posted: October 06, 2010
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