HAMILTON, ON –/COMMUNITYWIRE/– Tomorrow as part of their call for Ontario’s Human Rights Commission to conduct a ground-breaking human rights inquiry into systemic discrimination based on age against the elderly in the provision of hospital and long-term care the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Advocacy Centre for Elderly (ACE) will release local Hamilton/Niagara health system numbers showing why the inquiry is needed.
Hamilton/Niagara has some of highest rates of hospital overcrowding in the province and over 250 long-term care residents died of COVID-19 – many of them with inadequate care and never given the option to go to hospital as they were ill and dying after contracting the virus. Long-standing ‘de-hospitalization’ and rationing of hospital and long-term care are health policies that disproportionately hurt the elderly and must be challenged, say OHC, OCHU/CUPE and ACE.
The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) represents more than half a million people and 400 organizations dedicated to protecting and improving public health care in the public interest. OCHU is the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Ontario. CUPE represents nearly 50,000 hospital workers across Ontario and another 40,000 health care staff working in long-term care and community settings. The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly is a community based legal clinic for low-income senior citizens. ACE is the first legal clinic in Canada to specialize in the legal problems of seniors
For more information, please contact:
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications 416-559-9300 firstname.lastname@example.org