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HSA calls on VGH not to risk lives of vulnerable women

August 18, 2010
For immediate release Despite strong community opposition and media attention, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority continues to dismantle the outpatient Domestic Violence Program at Vancouver General Hospital. The 18-year-old program is slated to close at the end of this week. HSA President Reid Johnson said the sudden closure of this program puts vulnerable women at risk.

Dont waste time on ideological experiment: HSA to Health Authority

August 18, 2010
For immediate release Reid Johnson, president of Health Sciences Association, today urged the Vancouver Island Health Authority not to waste time conducting experiments in ideology when they could be taking action to reduce MRI wait times immediately.

2010 Run for the Cure: Register today for Team HSA

August 18, 2010
This years annual Run for the Cure, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important fundraiser, is Sunday October 3. HSA has supported the run since 1997, and is one of three regional sponsors of the Run for the Cure. At every step from diagnosis to treatment and recovery, highly trained health science professionals use their expertise to help breast cancer patients. The union urges HSA members and others to join the HSA team to run or walk for the cure October 3.

VIHA humanitarian emergency response: thanking all health care workers

August 16, 2010
The Vancouver Island Health Authority reported Sunday that the last patients from MV Sun Sea have been discharged, and the emergency response centre at Victoria General Hospital has now been closed. The health authority and unions have issued a final joint bulletin thanking all health care workers for their assistance in delivering medical care during this international humanitarian emergency. Read the final joint bulletin here  

HSA members assisting with emergency medical care for migrants

August 13, 2010
A small number of patients have begun to arrive today at the special unit prepared for the emergency medical care of migrants from the MV Sun Sea. The Vancouver Island Health Authority and the health care unions have issued a second joint bulletin to update health care workers. Click here to view second joint bulletin

Show your support for the VGH Domestic Violence Program

August 12, 2010
BC Health Coalition ACTION ALERT:

HSA members to assist in VIHA response to migrant ship humanitarian emergency

August 12, 2010
Over the past few days, VIHA has been working with health care unions to provide information and address concerns in preparation for receiving refugees requiring emergency medical care. Canadian officials confirmed today that 490 refugees are aboard a vessel approaching the BC coast. The old emergency department at Victoria General Hospital has been temporarily reopened to provide screening, triage, assessment, and diagnostic care. VIHA has also re-opened 7 North to treat refugees requiring hospital admission.

Labour Day Family Picnic: A celebration of solidarity

August 11, 2010
Join HSA, the BC Federation of Labour and friends for a fun and relaxing family day at the annual Labour Day Picnic Monday, September 6, 11 am to 2 pmCentral Park in Burnaby (Kingsway between Boundary and Patterson) -- a 5-minute stroll from adjacent Patterson Skytrain Station The day will include family entertainment, fun (games and prizes), and food (hotdogs, drinks & corn on the cob). HSAs booth will distribute labour day stickers and BC orchard apples.

Staffing, beds to increase

August 10, 2010
Comox Valley Record

HSA urges VGH not to dismantle domestic violence program

August 9, 2010
Less than a week after a sudden announcement to emergency room staff, Vancouver General Hospital has already begun dismantling a much-needed Domestic Violence Program that has been serving the community for 18 years. The outpatient Domestic Violence Program serves 20-25 clients per week, providing counselling for patients experiencing violent relationships. The program also provides support, education and referrals for child protection and safety planning.