Union releasing Brockville hospital care report Tuesday

BROCKVILLE – The union consortium representing hospital workers and nurses will release a report Tuesday outlining what dollars are being spent on local hospital care.

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) is holding a news conference at the Royal Canadian Legion on Park Street (at 10 a.m.) to release its report entitled Fewer Hands, Less Hospital Care.

OCHU claims the province has fallen behind other Canadian provinces since the Liberals were elected in 2003, with nearly five billion fewer dollars going into hospitals.

It says the funding per person for hospital care is about $1,396 while the rest of the Canadian provinces are doling out $1,750 per person – 25 per cent more.

“These are real people in Brockville paying the price for Ontario’s lower hospital funding – they are not percentages and numbers on a page,” said Michael Hurley, OCHU president.