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Cleaning staff cuts are putting patients at risk: hospital union

The hospital, which offers rehabilitation, palliative care and complex continuing care to patients, is in the process of reducing its staff by 12.8 full-time cleaning positions and 4.39 full-time food service positions — about 1.7 per cent of overall staff. The union says that translates to 30 cleaners and 12 dietary staff positions (which are not all full time).

These are just the latest cuts to a hospital that, like others across the province, is dealing with a funding freeze.

“The province has cut the Bruyère budget by 20 per cent in real terms over four years,” said Brian Grant, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees 4540 at the hospital. “Patients receive less care and attention because of the nursing team cuts last year. Now with this next round of cuts, patients will be vulnerable to an increased risk of hospital acquired infections.”

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