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CUPE hospital workers have launched a province-wide tour to promote the union’s hospital-acquired infection hotline and explain how important cleaners are to controlling hospital infection rates.

The union is asking the provincial government to:

  • Legislate mandatory reporting of hospital-acquired infections at all Ontario hospitals.
  • Initiate an immediate review of infection control and cleaning protocols at all hospitals.
  • Adequately fund hospitals so they can hire more cleaners.
  • End the use of contract cleaners at Ontario hospitals.

Meanwhile, the union has set up a hotline for patients, family members and hospital staff to call to report outbreaks of infectious diseases in hospitals.

Anyone who witnesses an outbreak is urged to call 1-888-599-0770.

Ontario health ministry’s response:

Read about the ministry’s “infection control core competency pilot project” in response to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) province-wide campaign to fight hospital-acquired infections.

Tour events:

A complete list of tour events is on the CUPE Ontario website.

Media enquiries:


Michael Hurley President, OCHU/CUPE (416) 884-0770
Stella Yeadon CUPE Communications (416) 578-8774