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CUPE warns of bed loses, job cuts at Peterborough hospital if Ford follows through on campaign promises

The hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees says planned tax cuts by the province will mean the loss of jobs and beds at Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

At a press conference on Friday morning, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions — the hospital division of CUPE — released a report called “Hallway Medicine: It Can Be Fixed.”

The report looks at the implications of Premier Doug Ford’s campaign promises of a $7-billion tax plan, a balanced budget commitment and a four per cent public service “efficiency program.”

The OCHU says the result would see the Peterborough hospital lose 34 to 51 more beds and between 75 and 163 jobs.

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