Health Care

This ongoing pandemic is deepening the mental health crisis. Action is needed now to provide support to people in need. This World Mental Health Day we are raising the alarm and calling for governments to immediately invest in mental health supports ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Ottawa (09 Oct. 2020) ― In recognition of World Mental Health Day, which takes place on October 10, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is renewing its call for action on mental health.

(2020-10-09)Read more

“These workers have been overlooked, overworked, and underpaid for decades, despite our pleas to successive governments. I’m glad to see those issues are finally being addressed." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-10-02)Read more

While families with children in public schools have to hope for the best, wealthy families who are sending their children to private schools will be able to avoid the effect of the Progressive Conservatives decision to cut the number of classes.

(2020-09-18)Read more

“These workers are worried about themselves, they’re worried about each other, but most of all, they are worried about those in their care.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President

(2020-09-17)Read more

Even though it seems outrageous to anyone whose priority is keeping residents safe, as far as for-profit long-term care companies are concerned, calling for rules to protect people from COVID-19 to be eased when residents these homes are still getting infected and dying is good for business.

(2020-09-16)Read more

Join us and the Ottawa Health Coalition on September 17 at 7 p.m. in a live town hall to talk about how we can make for-profit long-term care public! Register here! 

(2020-09-14)Read more

"We are proud to take part in World Suicide Prevention Day to promote well-being and positive mental health. Today provides us with an opportunity to bring mental health issues out of the shadows so people can find the support they need." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2020-09-10)Read more

This is one of Canada's most momentous legal victories as it has preserved our cherished public health care system against this attack. Governments must now act to directly address the unchecked proliferation of extra-billing and queue-jimping in for-profit clinics that undermine our public system. This fight is not over.  You can be sure those who seek profit from health care will try to take this all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. We must be ready to continue the fight. — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2020-09-10)Read more

“This proves Kenney and the rest of his UCP cohorts knew they had to hide the process from Albertans and, to be blunt, this is the most shameful decision I have seen in my 43 years working in health care in Alberta.” — Trudy Thomson, Vice-President of HSAA

(2020-08-06)Read more

The death rate for private, for-profit long-term care homes with COVID-19 outbreaks was over 4 times the rate for publicly owned homes.

(2020-08-04)Read more

“Hiding mistakes means we can't learn from them. Stephen McNeil must show leadership and give the staff, residents and families what they deserve — a full public inquiry.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President

(2020-08-04)Read more

“If passed, this legislation has the potential to affect health care across Canada, particularly where provisions of the Canada Health Act that prohibit extra billing and user charges are undermined.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2020-07-28)Read more

“Alberta can’t afford Kenney’s plan for health care. In the end, patient care suffers as desperately-needed funds are sent out of the province.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President

(2020-07-10)Read more

Brown urges Kenney to oppose the bill that would repeal the Voluntary Blood Donations Act.

(2020-06-26)Read more

"We are calling on the government and NSHA to ensure a mandatory masking policy for visitors is in place at all hospitals in our province. It is the safe and responsible thing to do." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President

(2020-06-23)Read more

HSABC/NUPGE encouraged the government to be bold in its action, and make the investment needed to maintain and grow a robust and sustainable public health care system.

(2020-06-19)Read more

“The pandemic is showing us that the cost-cutting and understaffing that go hand-in-hand with privatization can also be deadly.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President 

(2020-06-18)Read more

"We have a system that looks at care in silos rather than a coherent system that is concerned about health from birth to death. This needs to change." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2020-06-16)Read more

“I’ve been watching politics and polling for a long time, and I’ve never seen numbers like these.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-06-15)Read more

"This pandemic has shown very clearly where we need to improve our health care system. Implementing pharmacare would help millions of Canadians and lower costs dramatically. Losing your job due to COVID, or for any reason, should not leave you without access to medication." — Larry Brown, President

(2020-05-27)Read more