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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Calgary Today: Interview with Mike Parker

Listen to the Calgary Today interview with HSAA President Mike Parker, as he and Joe McFarland talk about the UCP’s “major transformation” plans for the province’s health-care system. https://member.hsaa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/CHQR-Interview-Thu-Sep-05-2019.mp3

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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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CTV News: Delays for patients in light of super lab cancellation, officials say

This article was originally published by CTV News Edmonton. Medical professionals say they’re concerned about challenges in light of the government’s move to scrap plans for a super lab in Edmonton. The NDP government started building a $590 million super lab near the University of Alberta. The plan was to move five medical labs in the city under one roof. The UCP stopped construction on the project and said the new lab would do nothing to improve…

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HSAA serves government with statement of claim

On June 27, 2019, the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) served the Government of Alberta with a statement of claim, which you can see here. Essentially, we are claiming that the Government acted unconstitutionally when they delayed the date for arbitration on our wage re-opener in Bill 9 Public Sector Arbitration Deferral Act. HSAA, along with its president, Michael Parker, and South District board member, Jason Soklofske, have been named as the plaintiffs. Dan Scott of…

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President’s Message: Kenney begins attack on public service, just as we feared

It didn’t take long for Jason Kenney to begin his attack on the public service and other working people, just as we had feared. Within his first month of work, Kenney: Lowered the minimum wage for workers under the age of 18, as though their work is somehow less valuable than those they work alongside. Cancelled the new modern medical lab in Edmonton that was planned for by several previous governments, including former PC governments. At…

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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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Calgary Herald: UCP deny allegations about cutting overtime for paramedics, EMS workers

This article was originally published by the Calgary Herald; you can view the original article here. Alberta Health Services has rejected a claim by NDP health critic David Shepherd that the provincial government has prohibited paramedics and EMS workers from working overtime, increasing the number of times that no ambulances are available to respond to calls. During a news conference Tuesday, Shepherd released documents indicating the UCP government has refused overtime hours for paramedics, resulting in…

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Retired medical laboratory technologist pens letter to Kenney about the future of lab services

Sandra Simard, a retired Medical Laboratory Technologist, sent the following letter to the office of the Premier on May 6 and shared it with HSAA. Dear Mr. Jason Kenney, I am writing to you today to express my concerns around the future of Medical Laboratory Services (Med Lab Services) in Alberta. I am a retired Medical Laboratory Technologist and for 37 years have worked in many capacities within this healthcare discipline in Alberta. The last 10…

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