REGINA - CUPE is highly critical of the provincial government, 3sHealth and regional health authorities’ decision to privatize health care laundry services in Saskatchewan by handing it to the Alberta-based corporation, K-Bro. The decision calls for building a central private, for-profit laundry facility in Regina with private distribution hubs in Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
“This decision is a total privatization of health care laundry that will affect the whole province of Saskatchewan,” said Tom Graham. “Not only are Saskatchewan’s communities losing local health care laundry services and the economic benefits that local jobs create, but money will leave this province to go to an Alberta corporation and profits for shareholders.”
Communities directly affected by the decision to privatize public health care laundry services are: Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Weyburn, Yorkton, and Saskatoon. Publically-operated health care laundries will be permanently closed in two years.
“Patient-centered care should be about patients, not profits for private companies,” says CUPE Health Care Council President Gordon Campbell. “With a private, for-profit company in control, how can we guarantee that the best practices of infection control will be followed?”
CUPE is calling on the provincial government to reverse their decision and keep laundry health care services public. CUPE represents approximately 300 laundry health care workers across the province.
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