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Sudbury hospital overcrowded: CUPE

The union representing clerical and service employees at Health Sciences North is speaking out about crowded conditions it says are having an impact on patient care.

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1623 held a media conference Thursday to let the public know the hospital is at more than 100 per cent capacity and that patients are being housed in hallways, television lounges and even tub rooms because of it.

Research shows occupancy rates greater than 85 per cent increase the risk of hospital-acquired infections, said CUPE, which represents 1,200 front line workers at Health Sciences North.


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