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On Tuesday, November 26 at high noon health care workers at the Royal Ottawa Hospital will conduct a mock execution of the 70 ROH jobs slated for layoff from January 16 to March 16, 2003. This event will be staged at the front of the ROH at Carling Avenue. Cast includes the Grim Reaper, the Hangin’ Judge, the Minister of Health and Long Term Care (Tony Clement), the Minister of Community, Family and Children’s Services (Brenda Elliott) and 70 health care jobs representing 10% of the ROH work force.

It is dismaying that in a health care environment where professionals are increasingly difficult to recruit and retain that the ROH is laying off experienced staff with many years of service to the hospital, says Marlene Rivier a 20 year veteran of the ROH and one of 16 OPSEU members to receive a layoff notice.

Union workers are concerned that the 48 bed closures associated with these layoffs will have a devastating impact on the mentally ill members of our community. ROH workers ask, Where is the community reinvestment the Health Services Restructuring Commission (HSRC) promised would precede bed closures? The recently released OPSEU report Reality, Ontario’s Mental Health System isn’t working starkly demonstrates that the Ontario Government and its HSRC have failed to deliver on promised cost savings, mental health reform and community reinvestment. What has been achieved is destabilization of the mental health care system!

Imagine the public outcry if cancer patients were sleeping in our streets because they couldn’t get the health care services they need, says Marlene Rivier OPSEU 479 local President.

For further information contact Marlene Rivier at 613 828-2990 or aporter2990@rogers.com.
A joint effort of OPSEU, CUPE and ONA