Canadian Health Professionals SecretariatThe Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS) is a national advocacy body that represents 100,000 unionized health professionals who deliver the diagnostic, clinical, rehabilitation and preventative services that are essential to timely and quality health care.

Some of the highly trained professionals represented by CHPS include medical laboratory technologists, physiotherapists, social workers, pharmacists, occupational therapists, dieticians and psychologists. These professionals work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, mental health services, laboratories, home care services and public health agencies.

“Today, we are demanding the federal and provincial governments, make health care a greater priority by increasing its funding, by ensuring the money is used properly and by investing in the people who save lives every day. Combined, these things will help save the entire system.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2023-01-24)Read more

"We need our Premier to tell the people of the province that they will not follow the lead of the Ford government and those that would seek to dismantle our public health care system in the name of profit." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President

(2023-01-24)Read more

"Whether they’re upselling or double billing, private clinics put profits first — and this move will undoubtedly hurt patients and the public health care system we all depend on. In these difficult times, we should be taking care of one another, not corporations and their shareholders." — JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President 

(2023-01-17)Read more

Toronto (08 Dec. 2022) — The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/SEFPO/NUPGE) and are calling on the provincial government to investigate the terms of an undisclosed agreement between Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and the multi-national pharmaceutical giant Grifols. Their call is supported by MPP France Gélinas, the NDP health critic.

(2022-12-08)Read more

"Equalize is the theme for World AIDS Day 2022, and NUPGE believes in health care as a human right. The current pandemic has again shown us that we all benefit if we work together to address global issues like health inequality, COVID-19 and the ongoing AIDS pandemic."  — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2022-11-30)Read more

“The Premier says we have entered the ‘action phase’ of reforming health care. That means overcoming staffing shortages and improving working conditions so we can care for Albertans.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President

(2022-11-22)Read more

Members of Alberta’s major health care unions are joining together to demand that the government of Alberta develop a plan to deal with the crisis in health care.

(2022-10-24)Read more

“We already represent hundreds of thousands of health care professionals across the country. MAHCP strengthens NUPGE’s voice as one of the largest health care and public sector unions in Canada.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2022-10-19)Read more

"New equipment is always necessary, but it’s people who answer the emergency calls and respond, not phones and ambulances.”— Mike Parker, HSAA President

(2022-10-04)Read more

"The CBS Board and CEO have betrayed the trust of Canadians by contracting with a for-profit company to collect plasma in Canada. Paying for plasma has been shown to harm voluntary collection of both blood and plasma. The consequences of this contract could destroy the security and integrity of our blood and plasma supply."  — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2022-09-12)Read more

The cynical attempt to promote for-profit health care or pay-for-plasma schemes tells us that far too many governments and corporate leaders simply want to ignore the lessons of the pandemic to further their own financial interests. We mustn’t let this happen.

(2022-09-02)Read more

The Premier needs to do more than blame others and not ask workers to do more with less and starve the system of resources. He needs to do the opposite: lead, take responsibility and invest in people that will improve the system for all New Brunswickers.

(2022-07-27)Read more

“HSAA/NUPGE members are health care professionals who are there for Albertans in their most critical time. Never has that been made clearer than through COVID-19." — Leanne Alfaro, HSAA Vice President, and Chair of the bargaining committee

(2022-07-26)Read more

The courts have again confirmed that private for-profit health care and the 2-tier system it creates would harm our public health care system and not improve patient access. They have ruled in favour of protecting public health care as constitutional and necessary to protect health care that is delivered based on need and not on the ability to pay.

(2022-07-15)Read more

“Having so many vacancies in Support classifications left our members working long hours with few days off during the worst of the pandemic. Folks may be able to dig deep to manage staff shortages during an emergency, but the ‘emergency’ has been going on for more than two years and workers are beyond exhausted."—- Sandra Mullen, NSGEU President 

(2022-05-24)Read more

"It is long past time an Alberta government got to work on solving the EMS crisis in Alberta. Our advocacy to expose the state of EMS by reporting red alerts has made the need for action clear." — Mike Parker, HSAA President

(2022-02-07)Read more

Privatization, for-profit medical facilities, ‘experiments’ with for-profit care, and for-profit care delivered through virtual health care systems, should be red flags for us all. We need to look no further than our patchwork systems of long-term care to see the damage done by chronic underfunding, the lack of national standards, and profit-based health care. 

(2022-02-03)Read more

“HSAA/NUPGE has been asked to come to the table to come up with solutions. As the experts in the delivery of emergency medical services we are more than willing to get to work. However, to be clear, HSAA/NUPGE will not be recommending or supportive of any privatization efforts." — Mike Parker, HSAA President

(2022-01-27)Read more

HSABC/NUPGE continues to be on the front line demanding improved and increased precautions for health care workers.

(2022-01-19)Read more

"HSAA/NUPGE members know who they work for… all Albertans. All we want is to be there when people need care. To do it our members need to be rested, they need to know they and their families are safe, and that they are supported.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President

(2022-01-17)Read more