Health Care Unions to Call for “All-Hands-on-Deck” Action to Deal With Dire Staffing Crisis, Growing Wave of Emergency Room Closures: Media Conference Thursday, July 21 – 11 A.M.

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TORONTO — Tomorrow, July 21st, union leaders from SEIU Healthcare and CUPE/OCHU, which together represent 70,000 hospital staff, will be holding a virtual press conference to call on hospital CEOs for answers and real transparency into the staffing crisis amidst the growing wave of emergency room closures across the province. This is a dire moment that requires an all-hands-on-deck response from the Ontario Hospital Association and government.

Efforts to quietly manage the health human resource crisis by hospital senior management are failing families and the public deserve to know more about what is leading to closed doors, longer wait times, and service disruption inside Ontario hospitals.

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Two health care workers from the front-line will join the media conference to give their first-hand experience with the ongoing chaos of understaffed care.

DATE: Thursday, July 21, 2022

TIME: 11:00 am

Sharleen Stewart, President, SEIU Healthcare
Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE/OCHU)
Justine Champagne, Registered Practical Nurse
Pam Parks, Registered Practical Nurse



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Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications, 416-559-9300,
Corey Johnson, SEIU Healthcare Communications, 416- 529-8909,


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