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Public health care forum draws standing-room only crowd

April 9, 2008
Just hours after Health Minister George Abbott tabled controversial amendments to the Medicare Protection Act on April 8, more than 200 people attended a public talk by physicians and international policy experts about the dangers of continued health care privatization in B.C. Dr. Michael Klein ... physician, researcher and founding member of the Canadian Doctors for Medicare ... reasserted that health care funding has remained stable as a percentage of both the B.C. and Canadian economies over the past decades.

VIHA trims Alberni lab services

April 4, 2008
Alberni Valley News Microbiology lab services at West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) are being downsized, and two positions have been eliminated as partial service moves to Nanaimo. Management says its streamlining services, but the president of the Hospital Sciences Association (HSA) says savings should be used to deliver local service. The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) said the move is a step toward a "hub-and-feeder" system service delivery, and takes effect May 1.

Workshop Reminder

April 3, 2008
There is still room available in the three-day Steward Training workshop on April 28 ... 30, 2008.  Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this workshop. Steward Training:April 28, 29 & 30, 2008 Eligible stewards should print a pre-registration form off the HSA website at http://www.hsabc.org/ (go to Member Services, then Education) and return it to the HSA Office (Attention:  Karin Herbert) as soon as possible.  HSA will call you to confirm your registration.

NUPGE continues campaign to save public medicare system

April 3, 2008
'We can't stand still. We can either go back or we can go forward. The choice we make today will decide the future of medicare in Canada.' - Tommy Douglas Ottawa (3 Apr. 2008) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has issued two new public education tools as part of its ongoing campaign to defend and expand Canada's public medicare system.

Charting our course together

April 1, 2008
The Report: April / May 2008 vol.29 num.1 by REID JOHNSON year ago, delegates to HSAs convention gave me a mandate to lead your union into the future.

Returning to work after a period of disability

April 1, 2008
The Report: April / May 2008 vol.29 num.1 by ALISON HIETANEN

Residential care rewarding

April 1, 2008
The Report: April / May 2008 vol.29 num.1 by ANNE LECLERC

Making a difference in Vancouvers Downtown Eastside

April 1, 2008
The Report: April / May 2008 vol.29 num.1 by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

Identifying and alleviating excessive workload

April 1, 2008
The Report: April / May 2008 vol.29 num.1

Rotational shiftwork linked to fatigue

April 1, 2008
The Report: April / May 2008 vol.29 num.1 Too tired to work? WorkSafeBC Regulation can provide relief