New Alberta budget makes further cuts to a health care system that is still suffering from the 2013 budget cuts.
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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“The MLAs were also instructed to train the RNs on performing the blood collection — in essence, to train their replacements.” — Carol Furlong, NAPE President
St. John's (25 March 2015) — Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) President Carol Furlong is expressing her concern about a recent development at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s that is negatively affecting medical laboratory assistants, as well as violating the workers' collective agreement.
"We fear the government is doing what governments so often do when an election looms - trying to create a media buzz by repackaging old news to make it sound fresh." — Elisabeth Ballermann, President of Health Sciences Association of Alberta
Union stewards in a Victoria hospital notice high rate of injuries among cardiac sonographers. A joint union-employer committee is looking to address the problem.
"We all need to do a good job taking care of ourselves, but that's not possible if employers aren't supportive. And while there is a growing recognition of the importance of mental health in the workplace, we still have a long way to go to establish practices to sustain mental health." — Val Avery, President Health Sciences Association of British Columbia
"HSAA is its members and your leadership remains committed to ensuring that your concerns about your working conditions are addressed on a daily basis," said Elisabeth Ballermann, President HSAA.
There have been 400 incidents of violence against workers at CAMH this year. It is time for the CEO, directors, and managers of a hospital be held accountable for workers' safety.
Health professionals from across the country meet to coordinate efforts to campaign for a progressive health care agenda for Canada.
Scheduling issues, reduced vacation and benefits, and other financial concessions are areas of major contention for MGEU/NUPGE members.
“It is apparent that these acts of violence are not simply isolated incidents, but are part of a troubling and growing trend in workplaces across the province" — Carol Furlong, President of Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE).