CUPE 2509 at Seven Oaks Hospital rallies against cuts

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Health care support staff at Seven Oaks Hospital held a rally on Thursday, April 20 at 11:30am in front of the Seven Oaks Hospital grounds against cuts to programs and services at the facility.

“Health care support staff at Seven Oaks are outraged over the cuts to our hospital”  John Boyd, President of CUPE Local 2509 told the crowd of over 100 people.

“At Seven Oaks Hospital we’re losing more than our ER, we’re losing valuable mental health programs, our Operating Room and surgery, our Intensive Care Unit and other services that have supported the immediate community for decades”.

On Friday, April 7 the WRHA announced sweeping changes to Winnipeg’s health care system, including the closure of three Emergency Rooms and relocation of numerous other departments at Seven Oaks and other hospitals across the city.

“I personally went door-to-door in the community talking to residents about the cuts to our hospital, and they are as outraged as the front-line staff,” said Boyd.

A rally was held at Concordia Hospital last week, and the Manitoba Nurses Union is holding another rally on April 26, as more and more health care workers are standing up to voice their concerns over the massive changes.

“It’s not just about our jobs, its about the programs that serve our community,” concludes Boyd.

“Removing Emergency Rooms, mental health programs, and other services from the entire North and North East part of the city is simply irresponsible.”

Debbie Boissonneault, chair of the CUPE Provincial Health Care Council told health care workers at Seven Oaks that CUPE’s entire health care sector is behind them.

CUPE 2509 represents health care support workers at Seven Oaks General Hospital.