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Sweeping hospital cuts include surgery, day hospital services, domestic/sexual assault program


PERTH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2012) - The $4 million in cuts being implemented at the Perth & Smith Falls District Hospital are proportionately the largest cuts currently going on in the health care system across Ontario, charged hospital staff holding media conferences this coming Monday, November 12, 2012 to highlight the extent of sweeping service and program reductions.

While hospital administrators have been open that 12 beds are being cut - six beds at each of the hospital sites - "they have been less forthcoming about the extent of the cuts that include, day hospital services, diagnostic imaging, nursing, support services, and office and paramedical staff," says Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) president Michael Hurley.

Hurley will attend the Monday media conferences in both Perth and Smiths Falls.

Time and location for the media conference are as follows:

Smiths Falls 10 a.m. Royal Canadian Legion, 7 Main Street East
Perth 1 p.m. Perth & District Union Library, 30 Herriott Street

OCHU is the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Ontario. CUPE represents over 70,000 health care staff working in hospitals and long-term care homes province-wide.

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
Michael Hurley

Stella Yeadon
CUPE Communications

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