International group of experts recommend health care workers be first in line for vaccine. At the same time, governments in Canada are developing new rules to help doctors prioritize who gets access to scarce treatment if vaccine isn't available.
The 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.
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Attitudes are tough to change but OPSEU/NUPGE is embarking on a radio ad campaign to do just that when it comes to how health professionals are viewed by hospital administrators and the public, says OPSEU First Vice-President Patty Rout.
'It puts the lives of the paramedics, patients, and the travelling public at risk.' - NAPE president Carol Furlong.
Exposed to risk doing daily diagnostic tests.
'Whatever the reasons for this centralization, the new technology is not it.' - Elisabeth Ballermann.
Longer-term response now required to deal with outbreak that may last months or years.
'We need a focus on improving access to health care services – not reducing access.' - HSABC president Reid Johnson.
'Our findings are frightening. Unless you're Warren Buffett, your family is just one serious illness away from bankruptcy.' - Harvard's Dr. David Himmelstein.
'I think we need to look at our whole system and re-evaluate how these calls come in.' - Tim Scharer, Winnipeg Paramedics Local 911.
$50-million class action suit could involve up to 4,000 employees of company contracted by Alberta Health Services to handle payroll and benefits.