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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HSAA members volunteer at the Mustard Seed

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, a group of eight HSAA members, along with some family, volunteered at the Mustard Seed in Edmonton to prepare and serve a meal to the less fortunate in the spirit of Christmas. We are a group of Environmental Health Officers with Alberta Health Services (AHS) who are passionate about giving back to the community in which we live. This was our fourth year volunteering at the Mustard Seed and the payoff…

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Healthcare Professionals Union encourages interactive learning in Government schools

TAKARLA, INDIA Do you remember a time before computers, or the internet? Before cellphones? The truth is that not many people do, for these technological advancements have become such an integral part of our daily lives. Technology surrounds us in all aspects of life and, with each passing year, our dependence on it increases greatly. It is even making its way into education systems around the world, greatly enhancing the educational experience for those fortunate enough…

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Alberta Health Services pares down infrastructure wish-list

Alberta Health Services has decided to pare down its infrastructure demands, handing the province a shorter list that emphasizes a handful of smaller, lower-cost projects. The health authority’s “Capital Submission” is prepared once a year as part of the government’s process for determining which infrastructure projects to fund. The list has typically featured at least 20 projects ranked as urgent priorities, including a number of expensive, high-profile developments. Last year’s list, for example, called for redevelopments…

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Health Minister misses the mark in lab announcement – Potential for pension loss and future privatization

Edmonton – The Minister of Health missed an opportunity today to enshrine laboratory services firmly within the public health-care system, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), the union representing 25,000 health-care workers including nearly 5,000 members working in medical laboratories across the province. “By creating a subsidiary entity of Alberta Health Services (AHS) covering lab services province wide, this government has created a further division in public health-care in Alberta,” says HSAA Vice President,…

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HSAA praises worker safety changes in Bill 30

This week was a time to celebrate for HSAA members and Alberta workers. Bill 30, An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans, was introduced by the Alberta government. While the protections it contains for workers are unprecedented in Alberta, if passed, the changes will finally bring our province closer to alignment with the rest of the country in regards to crucial worker protections. The changes outlined in Bill 30 are amendments to…

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