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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Media Release: A vote for Kenney and the UCP puts health care at risk

For Immediate Release February 26, 2019 A vote for Kenney and the UCP puts health care at risk Two-tier, U.S.-style health care is a core ideology of Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party (UCP) and they will move to introduce it in Alberta if elected, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “Kenney has spoken out in favour of it (link to Kenney clip), his candidates speak in favour of the rich buying their…

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Media Advisory: Health-care union to address UCP privatization threat

Statements from the United Conservative Party (UCP) show that a Jason Kenney government will undermine Alberta’s health-care system with a radical and dangerous drive towards privatization, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “Health matters to Albertans and the need to know what the prospect of a Jason Kenney government actually means,” says Mike Parker, president of HSAA, which represents 26,000 health-care professionals. Parker will hold a media conference at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) to…

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Media Release: Kenney’s zero-credibility plan could cut $1.2 billion from health care

For Immediate Release February 20, 2019 Kenney’s zero-credibility plan could cut $1.2 billion from health care Jason Kenney’s hollow words today (Wed., Feb. 20) on the UCP’s health-care guarantee could blow a $1.2 billion hole in health spending over two years, says the president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “This was a classic performance from a political actor, full of hypocrisy, denial and dodges. The 26,000 members of HSAA have heard this kind…

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HSAA stands in solidarity with postal workers

The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) stands in solidarity with thousands of postal workers who were ordered back to work earlier this week following a month of rotating strikes. Together with our affiliate unions, who are members of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), we have offered the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) an interest-free loan should they request it to further their actions. HSAA President Mike Parker says, “The actions…

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We have the power to bring about real change

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that people have power. We’re just regular folks, after all. We work hard, we raise our families, we pay our bills, but the real power lies in the hands of governments and big employers, right? What can we little guys do? The answer is: We can do a lot. The trick is that we have to work together and we have to get involved. One year ago, on Nov. 15, 2017,…

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