The Union of Healthcare Professionals
The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) is a labour union representing close to 23,000 paramedical technical, professional and general support employees in the public and private health-care sectors of Alberta, Canada. HSAA maintains a head office in Edmonton and an office in Calgary.
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A delay in the privatization process of Edmonton area laboratory services has been welcomed by the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), the union representing about 1,500 affected front-line workers. “We are hopeful that the delay means that the recent change in provincial government has stalled the move for further privatization of laboratory services,” says Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA president.
A decision on DynaLife's appeal of a $3-billion laboratory contract awarded last year to an Australian company will now be delayed until at least August, Alberta Health Services says. Last October, AHS announced that Sonic Healthcare of Australia had been chosen as the preferred vendor for a 15-year contract to provide hospital and private lab services in Edmonton.
The Health Sciences Association of Alberta says it sees some reason for optimism after a delay in releasing the results of an appeal against another foreign-based company taking over Edmonton’s lab services. That appeal launched by Edmonton-based Dynalife, a corporate entity of Borealis Investments in Toronto and the US-based Laboratory Corporation of America, raised concerns over the bid process that saw Alberta Health Services award a new contract to the Australian company, Sonic Healthcare Limited.
The results of an appeal on the awarding of a $3-billion Alberta Health Services deal to an Australian-based company will not be released until August, AHS says. Edmonton-based DynaLife filed the appeal in November 2014 citing concerns with the bid process for a contract to take over medical testing in the Edmonton region.
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