Cornwall hospital beds and staff in jeopardy, union says

(Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – The union representing hospital workers says the Cornwall Community Hospital is at risk of losing 18 hospital beds and up to 132 staff.

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions held a news conference Friday to outline their calculations in a report called “Protecting What Matters Most.”

The report is based on numbers from the Progressive Conservative budget compared to the long term financial outlook from the Ontario Financial Accountability Office.

The cuts are the union’s five year public spending on health care projection but related to equivalent job and bed loss numbers by today’s standards.

OCHU President Michael Hurley says even though “major and painful” cuts have already been made, another $5.2 billion through 2024 is “many times more.”

“The PCs are creating a patient crisis and hallway health care will get much worse,” he said.

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