Category: Media Advisory

Media Release: HSAA is putting the heart back in health care for Valentine’s Day

For Immediate Release February 4, 2020 Edmonton – HSAA has released a new line of valentine cards that all Albertans concerned about the future of health care can access and send to the current premier, his cabinet and all government MLAs. “It’s long past time we put the heart back in health care,” said HSAA Vice-President, Trudy Thomson. “At Valentine’s, we spend a lot of time thinking with our hearts. We are asking the current government to consider…

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Media Release: UCP government admits it is using two flawed reports to make $2 billion in cuts to Alberta’s health care

Edmonton – Trudy Thomson, Vice-President, HSAA reacted to the Alberta Health Services Performance review. “I was surprised to hear the current health minister admit the report he released today is full of flawed and incomplete information. The minister said this report confirms the conclusions in the MacKinnon report. In other words, both reports are just multi-million-dollar exercises to allow the government to push UCP talking points. “Now the minister is giving Alberta Health Services (AHS) 100…

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Media Release: Kenney privatizing front-line public health-care professionals, putting profit above patient care

For Immediate Release November 29, 2019 As members of the United Conservative Party gather in Calgary for their annual general meeting, Jason Kenney is breaking his promise not to compromise front-line public health-care services in Alberta. HSAA has been served notice by Alberta Precision Labs it is seeking interest from private third-parties to take over parts of lab services in Alberta. This could affect 850 full-time equivalent positions (FTEs). The current government also intends to consider…

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Media Release: The truth hidden in Kenney’s “cuts-upon-cuts” budget

For Immediate Release October 25, 2019 The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) reacts to the budget by uncovering the truth in the budget. Edmonton – The current premier and government are being incredibly dishonest with Albertans about the new budget. While the premier and his finance minister claim to be protecting key services in health and jobs, a quick comparison of Budget 18 and Budget 19 numbers shows what is happening. 1. By 2021, the…

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Media Release: Abrupt firing and name change set stage for privatization

For Immediate Release October 24, 2019 Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) President, Mike Parker, and Vice-President, Trudy Thomson, are concerned about the Government of Alberta’s sudden removal of the leadership of what was known as Alberta Public Laboratories (APL). “The current government is hell-bent on disrupting the day-to-day operations of this important service that physicians rely on when making 70% of their treatment decisions,” Parker said to nearly 500 HSAA members at a conference in…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Mackinnon Report fails to look at the whole picture

HSAA President reacts to release of report on the state of the Alberta economy Today is an extremely disappointing day. The Kenney government has released a partisan report on the Alberta economy that only takes into consideration 50 per cent of an equation to solve 100 per cent of the problem. “We are not surprised at all by what we are seeing today. This blue-ribbon panel was set up to come to a pre-determined conclusion. We…

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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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