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PHSA confirms lab redesign to go back to the drawing board

Following a February 24 meeting and review of feedback from the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, led by HSA, Provincial Health Services Authority has announced it intends to rethink the laboratory services redesign proposed earlier this month.

On February 3, PHSA served section 54 notice that it intended to introduce a change to Lower Mainland pathology and laboratory services focusing on employees who have been in supervisory roles such as section heads, technical coordinators and chiefs.

On February 17, HSA, on behalf of HSPBA, served notice that it fundamentally disagreed with both the substance and process of the proposed changes and that all legal options will be considered.

HSPBA expects to meet with PHSA representatives again on March 10.

Members who know of instances where work formerly performed by an HSA medical technologist is now being done by a non-contract manager or director are encouraged to keep sending this information to PHSAlaboratoryservicesredesign@hsabc.org.

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