Category: News

Parkland Blog — Alberta lab services: from guinea pigs to heroes (and back again?)

“A quick Google search suggests that this is the first year the Prime Minister has issued a formal statement (and tweet) to mark National Laboratory Week. In his message, Prime Minister Trudeau acknowledged the “the invaluable and life-saving contributions of our country’s dedicated medical laboratory professionals” during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Rebecca Graff-McRae from the Parkland Institute looks at the state and politics of Alberta’s medical lab services on the Parkland Institute blog, read the full article here.…

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Impacted by flooding? We’re here for you

To all of our members impacted by flooding in Alberta…we are here for you. You are in our hearts as you work to ensure people in your communities are protected and cared for during this natural disaster in the midst of a pandemic. You are not just in our thoughts. HSAA remains fully operational and all supports are available, including the Emergency Financial Assistance Fund. Be safe. Take care of yourselves and those you hold dear.

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Three health-care unions and AHS reach understanding on temporary deployments

As COVID-19 outbreaks in continuing-care emerge, Alberta’s public-sector health-care heroes are being called to stand with their fellow workers in private care and help stop the spread where it’s most aggressive. Yesterday (April 23), the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) and United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) negotiated an agreement with Alberta Health Services (AHS) setting the parameters for this temporary redeployment of staff. Today, the three unions representing…

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Joint Statement: COVID-19 and Personal Protective Equipment

HSAA’s number one concern during this COVID-19 pandemic is the safety of our members. We recognize that your regular rate of risk may be heightened at this time. The procedures that have been put in place, along with the equipment that is supplied to you is there for your protection. We urge you to follow procedure and use the equipment. It is your best line of defence. You can be proud of your staff who have…

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COVID-19 update for HSAA Members

Like all of you, we have been watching the news and reading updates from our employers, the various levels of government and health agencies about COVID-19, which has now been declared a pandemic. It is a worrisome time for all of us and we want to respond to this crisis in the best way possible. First and foremost, like with any health crisis, we recognize that while the general public is asked to self-isolate, you are…

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HSAA donation helps promote rare disease through family fun

I would like to thank the HSAA for their donation to The Canadian Society for Relapsing Polychondritis to support their Family Fun Day. The event was held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Aldergrove Community League from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The day consisted of a Silent Auction, Adventure Bus, Virtual Reality, Board Games, Stamp Workshop, Yoga, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Dance Contest, Fairy Garden Workshops and a Zumbathon. What is Relapsing Polychondritis? Relapsing Polychondritis (RP) is…

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HSAA statement in support of Alberta’s doctors

Members of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta stand in support of our doctors who have just been slapped in the face by the Kenney government. Our members work side-by-side with doctors every day and share one goal, providing vulnerable Albertans with the care they need. The disregard for an established process and agreement is contrary to “good faith” and creates an unstable, unpredictable environment. The lack of respect for health professionals is a problem and…

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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: 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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