Category: Media Advisory

Media Release: Cancellation of lab services puts profits ahead of patients

For Immediate Release June 20, 2019 “Against expert advice and any sort of fiscal common sense, Jason Kenney has cancelled the modern medical lab project that would have ensured Albertans have access to the testing that they need,” says Trudy Thomson, Vice-President of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), which represents approximately 6,000 lab workers across the province. Thomson is a 40-year lab technologist in the Alberta system. “Lab testing is a critical part of…

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Media Release: The great Kenney giveaway continues with hospital laundry

For Immediate Release March 13, 2019 C’mon down to crazy Kenney’s health-care giveaway! For the second time this week (and it’s only Wednesday, so brace yourselves Albertans), Jason Kenney revealed just how far he’s prepared to go to hand over prized public assets to his corporate pals. And how little he knows about how our health-care system works. On Monday, it was laboratory services (link to our media release). Today it was laundry services. “It’s clear…

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Media Release: Kenney’s ignorant plan shows he cannot be trusted with Alberta’s health care

For Immediate Release March 11, 2019 UCP leader Jason Kenney today demonstrated an appalling ignorance over how health care works in his statement on laboratory services in Alberta, says HSAA, the union of health-care professionals. “It’s hard to believe that someone with so little understanding wants to be trusted with running our vital health-care service,” says Mike Parker, president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), which represent about 26,000 health-care professionals. “Kenney’s plans for…

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Media Release: A vote for Kenney and the UCP puts health care at risk

For Immediate Release February 26, 2019 A vote for Kenney and the UCP puts health care at risk Two-tier, U.S.-style health care is a core ideology of Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party (UCP) and they will move to introduce it in Alberta if elected, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “Kenney has spoken out in favour of it (link to Kenney clip), his candidates speak in favour of the rich buying their…

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Media Advisory: Health-care union to address UCP privatization threat

Statements from the United Conservative Party (UCP) show that a Jason Kenney government will undermine Alberta’s health-care system with a radical and dangerous drive towards privatization, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “Health matters to Albertans and the need to know what the prospect of a Jason Kenney government actually means,” says Mike Parker, president of HSAA, which represents 26,000 health-care professionals. Parker will hold a media conference at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) to…

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Media Release: Kenney’s zero-credibility plan could cut $1.2 billion from health care

For Immediate Release February 20, 2019 Kenney’s zero-credibility plan could cut $1.2 billion from health care Jason Kenney’s hollow words today (Wed., Feb. 20) on the UCP’s health-care guarantee could blow a $1.2 billion hole in health spending over two years, says the president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “This was a classic performance from a political actor, full of hypocrisy, denial and dodges. The 26,000 members of HSAA have heard this kind…

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HSAA welcomes continuing spotlight on EMS issues

Media Statement on Liberal EMS hotline July 23, 2018 The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), which represents paramedics in Alberta, welcomes any initiative that brings attention to the lack of resources in Alberta’s Emergency Services (EMS) system. “Our members have been telling us for years that they are stretched to breaking point by a system that doesn’t have the resources to do the difficult job they need to do,” says Trudy Thomson, vice-president of HSAA,…

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Health care and EMS budget boost welcomed by HSAA

For Immediate Release March 22, 2018 Alberta’s budget takes a step in the right direction to ease the pressure on the province’s broken EMS system, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “We’re relieved to see that the government has abandoned the two-year spending freeze on ambulance services it proposed last year. The six-per-cent increase of $29 million in that item this year should help provide some of the extra ambulances and paramedics that Albertans…

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New statistics reveal Alberta unprepared for medical emergencies

Media Release For Immediate Release March 20, 2018 New information obtained from Alberta Health Services (AHS) shows that the province of Alberta would not be able to cope with a large-scale medical crisis and is already struggling to meet day-to-day demands, says the union representing health-care professionals. The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) is today releasing statistics obtained by a Freedom of Information request that paint a stark picture of an Emergency Medical System (EMS)…

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Media Advisory – Alberta unprepared for medical emergencies

Media Advisory Alberta unprepared for medical emergencies New information obtained from Alberta Health Services (AHS) shows that the province Alberta would not be able to cope with a large-scale medical crisis and is already struggling to meet day-to-day demands, says the union representing health-care professionals. On Tuesday, March 20, the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) will release statistics obtained by a Freedom of Information request that paint a stark picture of an Emergency Medical System…

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