Sudbury The innovative funding model the provincial Liberal government is proposing to finance construction of a new hospital in North Bay could be just another private hospital deal in disguise, warns the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) who are holding a media conference in Sudbury on Friday to highlight their concerns about the dubious deal.
Since last summer when the minister of public infrastructure first said his government would engage the private sector in innovative ways** to fund capital projects like hospitals, the Liberal government has been mum on what these new innovative financing deals would entail.
The two groups are concerned that under-serviced northern Ontario communities like North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie that have been waiting years for new public hospitals, are particularly vulnerable to having this new financing scheme foisted on them.
North Bay hospital workers who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 139
Natalie Mehra with the Ontario Health Health Coalition (OHC)
Michael Hurley, president Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE)
Radisson Hotel, Palladium Ballroom, Sudbury
Friday, April 29, 2005 12:30 p.m.
** Remarks of David Caplan Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal to the University Health Network Conference on Rethinking Development - June 8, 2004
For more information contact:
Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition, (416) 230-6402
Michael Hurley, President, OCHU/CUPE, (416) 884-8770
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications, (416) 578-8774