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Study blames surgery wait lists on private clinics; Precious staff taken from public system, report says

October 7, 2008
The Province By Ian Austin  A year-long study of the effect of private clinics on the Canadian public health-care system has concluded that wait times are longest in areas where private clinics take personnel from the public system. "We found evidence of wait times that are highest in areas with the most privatization, as resources -- financial and human -- are taken out of the public-health system," writes Natalie Mehra in the study entitled, "Eroding Public Medicare: Lessons and Consequences of For-Profit Health Care Across Canada."

BCAA push for private insurance undermines medicare

October 3, 2008
BC Health Coalition calls on British Columbians to reject BCAA queue jumping insurance and demand government action to enforce health care legislation. The BC Health Coalition is deeply disturbed by BCAAs recent announcement to begin offering insurance that will allow its members to jump the health care queue and obtain services at for-profit clinics.

HSA Political Action Fund available to support members in October 29 provincial by-elections

October 2, 2008
HSA members who are running for office or working on campaigns in the provincial by-elections in Vancouver-Burrard and Vancouver-Fairview can apply to HSA for the following financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund: 1. Members who are candidates can apply for up to 20 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office.

VGH Steward Elections 2009

October 1, 2008
Notice of Chapter Meeting Help keep your union strong! HSA Stewards: ­ Advocate on behalf of members Keep members informed about union activities Provide democratic leadership Are the backbone of the union HSA offers ongoing leadership, grievance handling, and contract interpretation training for new and experienced stewards. Nominations and Voting:

Notice for HSA Safety Stewards and Activists

October 1, 2008
HSA is sponsoring an Occupational Health and Safety Conference-Connections ... Advocating for a Safe and Healthy Workplace"November 20 and 21, 2008Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel This conference is designed for experienced safety stewards to develop their understanding and to help ensure safe working conditions for all members.  Learn from presenters from agencies such as OHSAH, WorkSafeBC, and other experts. Learn more about topics such as:

Speak up now, while you still can

October 1, 2008
The Report: October / November 2008 vol.29 num.4 by REID JOHNSON

Profession leader advocates for sonographers

October 1, 2008
The Report: October / November 2008 vol.29 num.4 by CAROLE PEARSON

Sharing skills, saving lives

October 1, 2008
The Report: October / November 2008 vol.29 num.4 by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

Scheduling vacations

October 1, 2008
The Report: October / November 2008 vol.29 num.4 What are the general guidelines you recommend for scheduling vacations? What happens if my vacation gets cancelled because of staff shortages?