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CUPE asks Minister of Health to investigate

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have asked Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long Term Care, to step in and take a closer look at the Pembroke Regional Hospital decision to outsource the sterilization of surgical equipment.

“I write to bring to your attention the decision of Pembroke Regional Hospital to ship its surgical instruments to Mississauga for sterilization,” the letter signed by OCHU president Michael Hurley opens.

The letter goes on to reiterate a point CUPE representatives have made several times before, stating that the same company that will be providing services to PRH, SteriPro, “lost a contract” they had with Trillium Health Partners in the Greater Toronto Area.

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