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NORTH BAY, ON – The McGuinty Liberals propose massive changes to health service delivery that will open the door to more private health care, while compromising local access to services and diminishing patient care, say North Bay area health and community-based social service workers.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), the Service Employees International Union Local1.on (SEIULocal1.on), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) are holding a media conference on Monday, January 16, to alert the North Bay community to how the proposed Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) plan will impact access to health care locally.

The four health care unions, which collectively represent nearly 200,000 health service workers, have launched a joint province-wide campaign to stop the most destructive elements of the McGuinty Liberal’s LHINs scheme. A landmark meeting of North Bay area ONA, OPSEU, CUPE and SEIU health care sector members is also scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on January 16 at the Best Western Hotel, 700 Lakeshore Drive, North Bay.*

WHO: Health care and community-based social service workers who are members of ONA, CUPE, OPSEU and SEIU
WHAT: Media conference and media briefing on the impact of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) on local health and community-based social services
WHERE: Best Western Hotel, 700 Lakeshore Drive, North Bay
WHEN: January 16, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.

*Media is welcome to attend the opening segment of the joint ONA, OPSEU, CUPE and SEIU meeting scheduled for 7:00 p.m. However, the remainder of the meeting is a closed-door session for the four-union membership only.

For more information, please contact:

Helen Fetterly
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE)
(416) 561-0688

Cathy Carroll
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
(416) 529-1488

Sheree Bond
(416) 964-8833 ext. 2430
Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA)

Peter Birt
(416) 964-8833 ext. 2237
Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA)

David Cox
Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
(416) 788-9197