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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CBC: New health minister considering ramification of cancelling Edmonton ‘superlab’

This article was published by CBC News on May 8, 2019.  Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro says he is looking into the possible ramifications of cancelling Edmonton’s new “superlab.” “We have paused the construction,” he told reporters at the legislature Wednesday. “Now it is a matter of doing due diligence and find out what the consequences will be when looking into being able to cancel that.” The $590-million project, announced by the previous NDP government in…

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Party platforms lay out clear choice for future of Alberta health care

The platforms of the two major parties competing for power in Alberta are out – and the picture they paint of the future of our health system could not be any more clear. Whether you look at the amount of money the two parties are prepared to invest in health care or the role that for-profit corporations play, including the future of the new public laboratory for Edmonton and northern Alberta, the UCP and NDP and…

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Media Release: The great Kenney giveaway continues with hospital laundry

For Immediate Release March 13, 2019 C’mon down to crazy Kenney’s health-care giveaway! For the second time this week (and it’s only Wednesday, so brace yourselves Albertans), Jason Kenney revealed just how far he’s prepared to go to hand over prized public assets to his corporate pals. And how little he knows about how our health-care system works. On Monday, it was laboratory services (link to our media release). Today it was laundry services. “It’s clear…

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Media Release: Kenney’s ignorant plan shows he cannot be trusted with Alberta’s health care

For Immediate Release March 11, 2019 UCP leader Jason Kenney today demonstrated an appalling ignorance over how health care works in his statement on laboratory services in Alberta, says HSAA, the union of health-care professionals. “It’s hard to believe that someone with so little understanding wants to be trusted with running our vital health-care service,” says Mike Parker, president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), which represent about 26,000 health-care professionals. “Kenney’s plans for…

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