Ontario Health Care Workers Need Protections Now, Premier Must Use Emergency Powers to Order Mass Production of Masks

TORONTO--()--Ontario’s Premier today told health care staff fighting COVID-19 that following next week, they will be left exposed, without the personal protections needed to keep them from getting infected.

Michael Hurley president of the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is urging the Premier to use the government’s considerable powers under the new emergency measures “to get masks produced immediately” by local manufacturers. The government also needs to extend Directives on personal protective equipment to cover physicians and all other health care staff.

“If health care workers fall to COVID-19 in large numbers, our health system will have great difficulty functioning,” says Hurley who is available for media comment this afternoon.

Contacts

Stella Yeadon
CUPE Communications
416-559-9300
syeadon@cupe.ca

Contacts

Stella Yeadon
CUPE Communications
416-559-9300
syeadon@cupe.ca