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OTTAWA Canada’s largest union is warning the Prime Minister he and his government have a major accountability deficit when it comes to public health care.

CUPE National President Judy Darcy delivered that message today in a letter to Prime Minister Jean Chrt0069en.

“Not one penny of public health spending should go to profits. Governments must be held to account for all health care spending and that simply isn’t happening now. Instead, tax dollars are being diverted from care into corporate pockets,” says Darcy, responding to yesterday’s announcement of a First Ministers meeting on health care in early February.

“While the Prime Minister may be satisfied with how provinces are spending health care dollars, Canadians have serious concerns. Talk of transparency and accountability must be backed with action and enforcement. That will take strong measures that set rules for health care delivery, ” says Darcy, who outlines key accountability measures in her letter.

Darcy’s letter also calls for the First Ministers meeting to be open to media and the public. The full text of the letter follows below.

CUPE is pushing for a strong, accountable public health care system. As part of the campaign, CUPE is also spearheading a court challenge against the federal minister of health, accusing her of failing to ensure that provinces follow the Canada Health Act’s rules.

CUPE’s half-million members include 180,000 front-line health care workers.

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For further information, contact:

Robert Fox, CUPE Communications (613) 795-4977