TORONTO Infection control is a key component of the work done by hospital cleaners. But its obvious the Ontario health minister needs a lesson on why cleaning a hospital is not the same as cleaning a bank, say hospital support workers who will be joining Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) at a Queens Park media conference Monday, October 25, at 10:00 a.m.
Although a new study revealed hospital acquired infections, like C. difficile, are reaching epidemic proportions, and a U.S. report says they are the fourth largest killer of hospital patients, Minister George Smitherman says he wants to cut cleaning costs in hospitals by contracting out custodial jobs. This is a recipe for disaster, says Hurley.
Ontario hospital support workers and Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE)
OCHU/hospital support workers Queens Park Media Conference
Media Studio, Queens Park
Monday, October 25, 2004 at 10:00 a.m.
For more information, please contact:
Michael Hurley, President, OCHU - (416) 884-0770
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications - (416) 578-8774