Hospital Closures on the Table

JOHN CHILIBECK Legislature Bureau
January 25, 2015

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Victor Boudreau is the minister tasked with carrying out the review that the govvernment hopes will eliminate the provincial deficit. Photo: Adam Huras/Legislature Bureau

FREDERICTON • The Liberal government is floating the idea of closing rural hospitals and converting them to nursing homes to help save taxpayers’ money.

On the eve of a public consultation tour that kicks off Monday night, Victor Boudreau, the cabinet minister in charge of finding up to $600 million in savings by the spring of 2016, said it was an idea that couldn’t be overlooked.

“We have some small rural hospitals, and maybe we have to ask ourselves, ‘Do they best serve the community as a hospital with limited services, or maybe some of them can be converted into a nursing home, community health centre or both, so that you’re keeping jobs in the area while repurposing the building and repacking some of the services. So I do think those are ideas that have to be looked at.”

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New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE 1252)

This Council is chartered by the Canadian Union of Public Employees and is subject to the Constitution of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. It consists of all Hospitals and Institutional Locals in the Province of New Brunswick, First Schedule Part III of the Public Service Labour Relations Act.

homepage-imageThe New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions seeks and maintains the certification as a Bargaining Agent for any group of Employees in the Hospitals and Central Services under the New Brunswick Public Service Labour Relations Act.

The Council negotiates a Province wide Agreement with the Province of New Brunswick’s Department of Finance as represented by the Regional Health Authority Boards of the Regional Health Authorities listed under Part III First Schedule of the Public Service Labour Relations Act.

It has an approximate membership of 11,000 members, covered by thirty one Locals all chartered by the Canadian Union of Public Employees. These members are Hospital Support Workers working within the Vitalite Health Network, Horizon Health Network, FacilicorpNB, Ambulance New Brunswick, and Health Council of New Brunswick.

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