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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Media Release: Budget 2020 is Death Knell for public health care in Alberta

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) President Mike Parker calls out the UCP for what they are…destroyers of public health care. Edmonton – Two days after committing to preserve a high-quality public health care system, the Kenney government has changed its tune in the Budget. Protecting public health care was called essential in the throne speech, but the word public has been dropped from the budget. “Preserving a high-quality public health care system is essential.”  …

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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: UCP government admits it is using two flawed reports to make $2 billion in cuts to Alberta’s health care

Edmonton – Trudy Thomson, Vice-President, HSAA reacted to the Alberta Health Services Performance review. “I was surprised to hear the current health minister admit the report he released today is full of flawed and incomplete information. The minister said this report confirms the conclusions in the MacKinnon report. In other words, both reports are just multi-million-dollar exercises to allow the government to push UCP talking points. “Now the minister is giving Alberta Health Services (AHS) 100…

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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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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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