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Restructuring of lab services threatens communities – Community meeting on EORLA Thursday, June 26

Jun 25, 2008 02:24 PM
 

OTTAWA, Ont. – People need to take a closer look at the changes being proposed for lab services in eastern Ontario, warns the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the union representing many of the front-line workers in lab services throughout the health care system. 

They can take that closer look at a community meeting on Thursday, June 26:

WHAT: Community meeting on proposed lab services restructuring

WHEN: Thursday, June 26, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

WHERE: Knights of Columbus Hall, 260 McArthur Ave., Ottawa

BACKGROUND:

The McGuinty government is restructuring the public health care system through its “Local Health Integration Networks”, or LHINs.  The first service to be affected in eastern Ontario is lab services.

The Champlain LHIN is planning to rationalize lab services at local hospitals and push the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA) into a partnership with US-owned Gamma Dynacare.

This will mean job losses, service reductions, loss of community control, and more for-profit health services eroding the public system, warns CUPE 4000, the union representing workers at Ottawa-area hospitals.

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For more information, contact:

David Robbins, CUPE Communications: 613-878-1431 (cell)