TORONTO, July 6, 2011 /CNW/ - »Ontario's Ministry of Health shares responsibility for the outbreak of C. difficile at the Niagara Health System, a union representing Ontario hospital staff charged today. "An ongoing reduction in the numbers of hospital beds in Niagara and across Ontario has driven up bed occupancy and created the conditions for the transmission of hospital acquired infections," says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE. Hospital acquired infections are the fourth leading cause of death and kill between 3,500 and 5,000 people in Ontario hospitals each year. At least one half of these deaths are preventable.»
According to Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE), The Ministry of Health emphasizes hand-washing. This is critical, but it is only one in a number of critical steps that must be taken to safeguard the public. The Ministry hasn't encouraged other vital protective measures.
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