“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
"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
"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
The request for an injunction came after an investigation into complaints that people were unable to continue to receive primary care from family doctors who had moved to TELUS Health, unless they paid a $4,650 fee for TELUS Health’s LifePlus service.
Toronto (08 Dec. 2022) — The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/SEFPO/NUPGE) and BloodWatch.org 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.
"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
“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
There is positive news in areas like service delivery and job training, but not enough is being done on tax fairness and gaping holes in our social safety net are not getting the attention they need.
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.
“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
"During Danielle Smith’s victory speech, there was a specific threat to replace public health care providers with ‘others’ to do the job. Let’s be clear, ‘others’ means private corporations, and the last thing Alberta needs is more failed and costly experiments with their health care.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
Health workers from across the country urge the Prime Minister to implement a comprehensive regularization plan for all undocumented people without exception and permanent residence for all migrants, including those in low-wage jobs.
“HSABC/NUPGE members have reached their breaking point. This action plan provides a promise that there is light at the end of the tunnel." — Kane Tse, HSABC President
"Mental health is critical to our overall well-being. It should be prioritized as highly as our physical health. Governments, employers, and society in general needs to do more to protect and support people's mental health needs. The pandemic has greatly increased the number of people struggling with mental health issues and NUPGE is again calling for action." ― Bert Blundon, NUPGE President
"New equipment is always necessary, but it’s people who answer the emergency calls and respond, not phones and ambulances.”— Mike Parker, HSAA President
“It would be irresponsible for our government to stand by and allow companies to enter our province and put our public blood supply at-risk. We are asking Premier Houston to do what the previous government refused to do and stand up for what is right: keep our blood supply safe and in public control." — Sandra Mullen, NSGEU President
"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
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.
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.
“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