The submission calls for the Ministry of Health to focus on human resources strategies that address shortages in health science professions, improve access to multidisciplinary primary care and mental health services, and improve access to early intervention services for children with disabilities.
“Government’s plan to increase public surgical capacity is welcome news. Cutting wait times for surgery is an important step in strengthening the public health care system we all rely on.” — Val Avery, HSABC President
"They are joining a union that is a strong advocate for early intervention and specialized services for children to ensure they have the supports and services they need for a strong early start." — Val Avery, HSA BC President
“New buildings and machines don’t actually treat patients. Health professionals treat patients, and there is a dire shortage of them because their pay has not been competitive for many years." — Val Avery, HSABC President
"This will improve patient care and provide consistency, transparency, and accountability in the delivery of emergency medical care.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“The new stroke ambulance being deployed by Alberta Health Services (AHS) is a great example of different health care experts working together to improve the care Albertans receive.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
The public needs to know more about who health professionals are, and the important work they do.
“I am deeply concerned for the public employees who have put themselves at risk to assist in the fight. The National Union is immensely proud of the work that wildlands firefighters, first responders and emergency personnel — many of whom are our members — are doing to protect the citizens of Fort McMurray. We also cannot forget the many health professionals who will be on hand to assist those injured or harmed during the crisis.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“Now, more than ever, workers need a union, especially in health care. For Ontario’s health care professionals, OPSEU is really the only choice." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Medical laboratory staff at the Hospital for Sick Children have voted 74 per cent in favour of joining the union.