“Given that the province has not agreed to cover these costs, there is only one place this money can come from: massive cuts to the front-line staff that provide hands-on patient care." — Sara Labelle, Chair of OPSEU's Hospital Professionals Division
"It’s entirely appropriate that [the workers at HopeGreyBruce Mental Health and Addictions Services] themselves be more properly appreciated for their contributions to the agency and the communities they serve." — Ed Arvelin, Chair of OPSEU's Mental Health Division
The public needs to know more about who health professionals are, and the important work they do.
SGEU/NUPGE has made recommendations to the review advisory panel, stressing the vital role health workers play in providing quality care to patients, residents and families.
"This facility has an atrocious record when it comes to violent incidents and refusing to address the causes is completely unacceptable.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“We have seen decisions made by previous governments based on an ideological commitment to privatization without evidence to back up that it was in the best interests of Albertans,” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
Management and staff will look at ways to address recruitment and retention issues.
"HSABC/NUPGE will be asking members to start tracking their workload concerns as part of a coordinated effort to identify how shortages are impacting patient care and where action needs to be taken." — Val Avery, HSABC President
“Laying off highly-skilled workers, hiring more expensive providers and leaving patients in the lurch just doesn’t make sense.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"The Representative for Children and Youth has identified a lack of timely access to mental health services, a lack of proper assessment, miscommunication and a lack of coordination between services providers. These are all problems that are within the government’s ability to remedy if they have the will to act.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President