Members of the HEU and other supportive unions rally outside Kelowna General Hospital Tuesday to protest the federal cancellation of the Canada Health Accord and planned cuts to health-related transfer payments to the provinces totalling $36 billion over the next 10 years.

Unions protest planned federal health funding cuts

HEU says federal reductions in transfer payments will mean $5 billion less for healthcare in B.C. over the next 10 years.

A rally was held outside Kelowna General Hospital Tuesday to protest the federal government’s cancellation of the Canada Health Accord and proposed cuts to healthcare transfers to the provinces.

Organized by the Hospital Employees Union, the local rally was one of several held across the country Tuesday to protest the federal govenments plan to slash $38 milion from the transfers over the next 10 years.

That would mean $5 bilion less for B.C. says the union.

The HEU, supported by several other local unions chapters, was also protesting Interior Health’s consideration of a plan to privatize laundry services at KGH, which the union says would put 179 people out of work across the region, including 28 at KGH.

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