Kenney launches his attack on health care and working Albertans

This week, Jason Kenney’s government tabled two of the most damaging pieces of legislation to health care and health-care workers that we have seen in decades. He’s finally come clean with his ideological plan to destroy public health care and Albertans are counting on us, just like they’ve done time and time again, to defend public health care. We’ve been successful in fights like this in the past and, with your help, we can stand in…

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Edm. Journal: UCP omnibus bill paves way for more alternative doctor contracts, private surgeries

This article was originally published by the Edmonton Journal on July 7, 2020. You can view the original article here. An omnibus bill introduced in the Alberta legislature Monday would make it easier for doctors to opt in to alternative contracts with the government and streamline the process for more private facilities to perform surgeries across the province. If passed, Bill 30, the Health Statutes Amendment Act would change nine pieces of legislation meant to “modernize”…

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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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660 News: ‘The kids will suffer’: Kenney government criticized for funding changes to schools

This article was originally published by 660 News on July 3, 2020. You can view the original article here. The Kenney government’s move to offload support services to school boards is being called an ‘all-out attack and a systematic privatization’ of our health care system. That from the head of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, the union for hundreds of healthcare workers who deliver supports for children in Alberta schools. Association President Mike Parker says…

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CBC: Alberta Health Services plans to privatize community lab services

The following article was originally published by CBC News on June 29, 2020. You can view the original article here. Alberta Health Services intends to privatize all community labs across Alberta, despite new figures that suggest outsourcing could save far less money than originally estimated. It’s a move critics say puts timely patient care and a reliable laboratory system at risk at the worst possible time. “We have a system that’s working well,” said Mike Parker,…

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Edm. Journal: Program that provides speech-language, occupational therapy in schools ends Sept. 1, services to be the schools’ responsibility

The following article was originally published by the Edmonton Journal on June 27, 2020. You can view the original article here. In-school health services such as speech pathology and occupational therapy will be the responsibility of Alberta school districts as of Sept. 1. The Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD) program, which is funded primarily through Alberta Health Services and also offers services like physical therapy, mental health therapy and consultations for students who are blind, deaf…

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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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HSAA stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

As an individual with white privilege, I recognize that the issues raised by BLM are not my own. However, I am listening and trying to learn, and my hope is that other HSAA members are doing the same. At this moment in history, it is my responsibility to speak up in support of the Black and Indigenous communities and affirm our desire to work towards repairing what has historically been a fractured relationship. Racism is a…

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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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