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Health science professionals applaud government plan

December 5, 2000
Union president says increased training spaces will help address shortage of x-ray technologists but more needs to be done The Health Science Association of BC, the province's third largest health care union, is pleased that the provincial government's new health care strategy includes a plan to train more x-ray technologists. HSA president Cindy Stewart says the plan demonstrates that the government has been listening to the concerns of health professionals who provide diagnostic services but she emphasizes that more needs to be done.

Shortage of health science professionals creates crisis in BC communities

November 14, 2000
British Columbia's acute shortage of health science professionals is leaving some BC communities without access to critical health services. Physiotherapy, pharmacy, radiation therapy and ultrasound are just some of the professions where shortages are particularly severe. To raise awareness about this growing problem, the Health Sciences Association of British Columbia (HSA) is launching a province-wide campaign calling on government, health authorities and post-secondary institutions to act quickly.

HSA continues fight for better wages, working conditions

November 1, 2000
The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6 by KELLY FINLAYSON The health care system in the Central Vancouver Island Region continues to struggle. We can only hope that the next round of bargaining will bring substantial improvements, for the sake of the public, as well as for health care workers who have been fighting a losing battle to provide quality services under deteriorating work conditions.

Helping therapists and clients find the right equipment

November 1, 2000
The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6 by YUKIE KURAHASHI Ian DenisonPhysiotherapist / Equipment Evaluation Specialist GF Strong / BC Rehab

Supervisory "due diligence"

November 1, 2000
The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6 by RACHEL NOTLEY Does "due diligence" under the revised Workers' Compensation Act increase supervisory responsibility or liability?

Medical information and certificates

November 1, 2000
The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6 by SARAH O'LEARY What medical information does my employer have a right to ask for?

Regional Meetings build strength

November 1, 2000
The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6 by CINDY STEWART Meeting rooms in nine communities around the province: $5,000.Members wage replacement: over $50,000.Hearing first hand from activists about the issues they care about: priceless. I cant think of a better way to describe how I feel about the importance of the HSA Regional Meetings that are held every fall.

Standing up for members' rights

November 1, 2000
The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6 HSAs executive staff are the Executive Director of Labour Relations, Executive Director of Operations, Executive Assistant / Human Resources Coordinator ... and their secretarial support. Executive Director of Labour RelationsThe Executive Director of Labour Relations is one of the two senior executive staff positions in HSA and reports directly to the President.

HSA pharmacists receive prestigious award

November 1, 2000
The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6 by YUKIE KURAHASHI Most recipients of the coveted Bowl of Hygeia ... the highest honour in pharmacy ... are fairly certain which of their achievements is being recognized by the award. Some may be state senators. Others might be city mayors. Still others might receive the award for devoting their time and talent to various pharmaceutical associations and colleges, or to hospital boards.

An increasingly complex world for HSA members

November 1, 2000
The Report: November / December 2000 vol.21 num.6 by CAROLE PEARSON That a policy to improve health care should create so many headaches is ironic. But when the BC Ministry of Health implemented its Better Teamwork Better Care approach through regionalization, it created a tangle of jurisdictional and contractual issues.