OPSEU hosts news conferences on looming Central East hospital cuts

Oshawa/Ajax/Scarborough – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union will host media conferences Monday to respond to new developments arising from the recent board meeting of the Central East Local Health Integration Network (CE LHIN).

Date: Monday October 17, 2016

Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: Oshawa – Northview Community Centre (Meeting Room), 150 Beatrice St. E.

Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Ajax – Ajax Community Centre (Duffin’s Room), 75 Centennial Rd.

Time: 12:30 p.m.
Place: Scarborough – McGregor Park Community Centre (Commons Room), 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.

“Lakeridge Health, the Rouge Valley Health System and the Scarborough Hospital are all threatened by an ill-advised merger that will cost tens of millions of dollars, cut vital front-line staff and chop hospital services,” says Sara Labelle, chair of OPSEU’s Hospital Professionals Division. “The alleged ‘savings’ from this merger will take more than 60 years to materialize.”

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas encouraged area residents to get involved in the growing fight to save their hospitals and the services they provide.

“This merger can be stopped, but there is only one way to do it,” he said. “And that’s for citizens to make their voices heard.”

For more information: Warren (Smokey) Thomas, 613-329-1931; Sara Labelle, 905-914-4037