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TORONTO Ontarios vulnerable elderly and ill residents are suffering as quality home care dies a slow death from policies introduced by the previous government and perpetuated by the present, say CUPE Ontario and the Ontario Health Coalition.

Amid rumours that the McGuinty government is getting ready to make changes to the home care system, the two organizations are bringing a message to Queens Park that people who have been discharged from hospital and elderly persons who need assistance to live comfortably at home must not suffer any more service rationing while scarce funds are siphoned off into bureaucracy, duplication and private profit.

CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan and Natalie Mehra, provincial co-ordinator of the Ontario Health Coalition, will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 25 in the Queens Park media studio.

Ryan and Mehra will outline factors contributing to the current crisis in home care, some of the wrong ideas the McGuinty government may be considering and positive recommendations for change.


For more information, please contact:
Pat Daley, CUPE Communications
416-299-9739 ext 264
416-616-6142 (cell)

Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario
416-209-0066 (cell)