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TorontoThe costs of competitive bidding and contracting out home care are significant and hidden, show the findings of new research study entitled The Costs of Contracting Out Home Care: A Behind the Scenes Look at Home Care in Ontario.

Compiled by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) the study found that $247.4 million a year (21 per cent of the total Community Care Access Centre budget) is siphoned from direct patient care through profit-taking and the duplication of home care services by multiple delivery agencies.

The study will be released at media conference at:

Queens Park (Media Studio)
Tuesday, February 20, 2001
10:30 a.m.
by CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan and Ross Sutherland, a front-line home care nurse, who co-authored the study.

The Tory government is determined to privatize the delivery of home care in our communities and justify contracting out and competitive bidding, using the argument that money is saved.

This study clearly shows that it takes money away from direct services to vulnerable people, says Ryan.


For more information please contact:
Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario
(416) 209-0066
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications
(416) 578-8774