Category: Media Advisory

Albertans urged to send message as Kenney muzzles health professionals

Albertans urged to send message as Kenney muzzles health professionals Health Sciences Association of Alberta Vice-President urges Albertans to show their support for public healthcare. EDMONTON — The most destructive and purely partisan attack on Medicare ever, is complete. “Kenney did it after he promised not to. He is setting the stage to sell off our world-class public health system to private interests, piece by piece” says Trudy Thomson, Vice-President of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta…

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Media Release: Kenney abandons any pretence he is “protecting” health care

For Immediate Release July 6, 2020 Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) President Mike Parker reacts to today’s tabling of Bill 30: Health Statutes Amendment Act. Edmonton — Bill 30 is about selling off our world-class public health system to private interests. That means funds meant for patient care will now be used for profits,” says Mike Parker, President of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “Most often, that means sending health-care dollars, and professionals, out…

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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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Media Release: Budget 2020 is Death Knell for public health care in Alberta

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) President Mike Parker calls out the UCP for what they are…destroyers of public health care. Edmonton – Two days after committing to preserve a high-quality public health care system, the Kenney government has changed its tune in the Budget. Protecting public health care was called essential in the throne speech, but the word public has been dropped from the budget. “Preserving a high-quality public health care system is essential.”  …

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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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