Consolidation of diagnostic imaging services throughout Lower Mainland of B.C.
Vancouver (1 Oct. 2010) - The Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSABC/NUPGE) has completed negotiations with Lower Mainland health authorities for a transition to a region-wide consolidation of diagnostic imaging services.
The agreement allows for the significant restructuring of services without displacements and layoffs of diagnostic imaging staff.
Highlights of the Section 54 agreement include:
- Provisions for seamless employment transfer.
- Expanded opportunities in job postings and bumping rights.
- Increased opportunities for clinical specialization.
- Options for job share arrangements, voluntary transfers, early retirement options and phased-in retirement initiatives.
HSABC has been assured that the consolidation plan will not result in reduction of services when waiting lists for diagnostic tests are already a severe bottleneck in the health care system.
The health authorities – Fraser Health, Providence, Provincial Health and Vancouver Coastal – will hold meetings next week to deliver detailed information about the restructuring. HSABC representatives will attend the meetings and be available to answer members’ questions and concerns.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE