Month: June 2020

CBC: Alberta Health Services plans to privatize community lab services

The following article was originally published by CBC News on June 29, 2020. You can view the original article here. Alberta Health Services intends to privatize all community labs across Alberta, despite new figures that suggest outsourcing could save far less money than originally estimated. It’s a move critics say puts timely patient care and a reliable laboratory system at risk at the worst possible time. “We have a system that’s working well,” said Mike Parker,…

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Edm. Journal: Program that provides speech-language, occupational therapy in schools ends Sept. 1, services to be the schools’ responsibility

The following article was originally published by the Edmonton Journal on June 27, 2020. You can view the original article here. In-school health services such as speech pathology and occupational therapy will be the responsibility of Alberta school districts as of Sept. 1. The Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD) program, which is funded primarily through Alberta Health Services and also offers services like physical therapy, mental health therapy and consultations for students who are blind, deaf…

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Kenney’s privatization agenda targets Alberta’s children

Edmonton — “As kids, parents and teachers alike are looking forward to summer holidays, many of them are just becoming aware of drastic changes that are ahead because of Kenney’s cut of the health program for kids in their school,” says Mike Parker, President of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). These are cuts to the Regional Collaborative Service Delivery or RCSD program. “Wrap around programs that are intended to help students with their unique…

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Kenney betraying Albertans with plan to privatize lab services

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) President Mike Parker calls out the UCP for what they are…destroyers of public health care. Edmonton – “Jason Kenney and the UCP seem to have learned very little during the current pandemic,” says HSAA President, Mike Parker. “Just a few short weeks ago, the premier was praising the work of our public lab workers during the worst health emergency we’ve experienced in decades. Today, he wants to sell them off…

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HSAA stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

As an individual with white privilege, I recognize that the issues raised by BLM are not my own. However, I am listening and trying to learn, and my hope is that other HSAA members are doing the same. At this moment in history, it is my responsibility to speak up in support of the Black and Indigenous communities and affirm our desire to work towards repairing what has historically been a fractured relationship. Racism is a…

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