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Chatham A replica of the Trojan horse will be visiting Chatham on Saturday, September 25, as part of a province-wide tour highlighting the pitfalls of health care privatization.

Chatham is one of over 100 stops on the Trojan horse province-wide tour organized by the Ontario Health Coalition and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/Canadian Union of Public Employees. The two groups created the giant wooden horse a legendary symbol of a hidden threat to bring the dangers of public-private hospitals to the publics attention.

We want Premier McGuinty to honour his election promise and stop the private hospitals in Ottawa and Brampton, says health care worker Louis Rodrigues. If they are allowed to go ahead, we will eventually see private hospitals across the province.

The corporations that get these contracts make profits of 25 per cent a year, says Natalie Mehra, spokesperson for the Ontario Health Coalition. Those profits translate into worse hospital care bed reductions of 25 per cent, 14 per cent fewer nurses, and 38 per cent fewer support staff.

  • Who?
    Ontario Health Coalition (OHC)
    Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE)
    Health care workers and concerned citizens
    15-foot Trojan Horse

  • What?
    Media availability with health care workers and concerned citizens

  • When?
    Saturday, September 25, 2004 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Where?
    Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
    80 Grand Avenue West, Chatham, Ontario


For further information, please contact:
Louis Rodrigues
Health Care Worker (On Tour)
613-531-1319 (cell)

Natalie Mehra
Ontario Health Coalition

Stella Yeadon
CUPE Communications