HSABC launches new ad on staff shortages

"HSABC/NUPGE will be asking members to start tracking their workload concerns as part of a coordinated effort to identify how shortages are impacting patient care and where action needs to be taken." — Val Avery, HSABC President

Vancouver (21 Sept. 2016) — Members have told the Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSABC/NUPGE) that workload issues caused by shortages of key health science professionals have reached critical levels.

Ad series highlights how workload issues impact health care

In a series of surveys conducted over the summer, HSABC/NUPGE members from across the province, and from a range of professions, expressed concern that workload was making it difficult to deliver quality care, and leaving patients waiting too long for important procedures.

To address these concerns, HSABC/NUPGE has launched a new province-wide ad aimed at raising public awareness of how shortages of health science professionals are impacting wait times and health care.

Working with government to reduce shortage of health care professionals 

"Shortages are affecting many of our professions," said Val Avery, HSABC President. "More than we could possibly show in a 30-second ad. We're focussing on the 3 most critical professions in shortage, but the ad is part of our wider efforts to work with the government on reducing shortages — and wait times — in a range of other professions.

"But the work doesn't stop there," Avery added. "Over the next few weeks, HSABC/NUPGE will be asking members to start tracking their workload concerns as part of a coordinated effort to identify how shortages are impacting patient care and where action needs to be taken."

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