Health Care Matters

It’s government’s #1 job: making sure you can count on health care when you and your family need it. After years of cuts, neglect and privatization, Alberta’s health care system is stretched pretty thin. But the good news is, we’re finally seeing long-overdue investments and improvements in our hospitals and health care. The bad news is, politicians and the UCP are talking about more cuts and privatization. Cuts are too risky. We know the kind of…

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Union fights political threat to Alberta’s struggling health-care system

Media Advisory May 4, 2018 Alberta’s union of health-care professionals will launch a campaign on Monday, May 7, to raise health care as a provincial election issue in light of recent threats from the United Conservative Party (UCP). “For some time now, we’ve been seeing frightening comments from the UCP about the future of health care, including talk of wanting to cut spending by 20 per cent,” says Mike Parker, president of HSAA, which represents more…

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HSAA volunteers help the sick walk again in Ecuador

Above: Members of the CAMTA team pose with patient Maria Rosa while she takes her first steps. In February 2018, HSAA members Mark Rintoul, Barb Furler, Dedra Scott, Anna Hebert, Erik Soriano, and Krystle Chilibecki ventured to Quito, Ecuador with the organization CAMTA. The Canadian Association of Medical Teams Abroad (CAMTA) is a non-profit organization that annually sends a team of medical and non-medical volunteers to Quito to perform life-changing orthopedic surgeries for people in need.…

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HSAA donation making life better for parents and babies

As maternal child social workers at Calgary’s Peter Lougheed Centre (PLC), we provide care to post-partum, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care and labor and delivery units. We work with new parents regarding concerns of mental health, domestic violence, addictions and social economic issues and how these dynamics may impact their ability to parent. Part of our role is help patients connect with supports and resources upon discharge from hospital. Sometimes we find ourselves needing to provide a…

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HSAA members vote to ratify tentative agreement

For Immediate Release March 23, 2018 HSAA members employed by Alberta Health Services (AHS) have voted to ratify the tentative agreement (TA) that was reached on Saturday, February 24. Members had prioritized improvements to benefits as well as work/life balance and the HSAA bargaining committee was proud of the achievements gained in these areas. Additionally, significant improvements to working conditions and union language were successfully negotiated. Highlights of this TA include 100% coverage of CPAP machines…

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Health care and EMS budget boost welcomed by HSAA

For Immediate Release March 22, 2018 Alberta’s budget takes a step in the right direction to ease the pressure on the province’s broken EMS system, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “We’re relieved to see that the government has abandoned the two-year spending freeze on ambulance services it proposed last year. The six-per-cent increase of $29 million in that item this year should help provide some of the extra ambulances and paramedics that Albertans…

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New statistics reveal Alberta unprepared for medical emergencies

Media Release For Immediate Release March 20, 2018 New information obtained from Alberta Health Services (AHS) shows that the province of Alberta would not be able to cope with a large-scale medical crisis and is already struggling to meet day-to-day demands, says the union representing health-care professionals. The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) is today releasing statistics obtained by a Freedom of Information request that paint a stark picture of an Emergency Medical System (EMS)…

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Media Advisory – Alberta unprepared for medical emergencies

Media Advisory Alberta unprepared for medical emergencies New information obtained from Alberta Health Services (AHS) shows that the province Alberta would not be able to cope with a large-scale medical crisis and is already struggling to meet day-to-day demands, says the union representing health-care professionals. On Tuesday, March 20, the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) will release statistics obtained by a Freedom of Information request that paint a stark picture of an Emergency Medical System…

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HSAA reaches tentative three-year deal with AHS

For Immediate Release February 26, 2018 The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) has reached a tentative agreement with Alberta Health Services (AHS) over a new three-year collective agreement for its 19,000 members employed by the health authority. “The bargaining teams for the union and employer worked into the weekend and wrapped up a tentative deal that addresses the top concerns of our members,” says Mike Parker, president of HSAA. “We are now working hard to…

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