Category: Media Advisory

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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HSAA reaches tentative three-year deal with AHS

For Immediate Release February 26, 2018 The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) has reached a tentative agreement with Alberta Health Services (AHS) over a new three-year collective agreement for its 19,000 members employed by the health authority. “The bargaining teams for the union and employer worked into the weekend and wrapped up a tentative deal that addresses the top concerns of our members,” says Mike Parker, president of HSAA. “We are now working hard to…

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Health Minister misses the mark in lab announcement – Potential for pension loss and future privatization

Edmonton – The Minister of Health missed an opportunity today to enshrine laboratory services firmly within the public health-care system, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), the union representing 25,000 health-care workers including nearly 5,000 members working in medical laboratories across the province. “By creating a subsidiary entity of Alberta Health Services (AHS) covering lab services province wide, this government has created a further division in public health-care in Alberta,” says HSAA Vice President,…

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