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HSA and Vancouver Coastal Health agree on adjustment plan for lab redesign

November 23, 2004
HSA - VCHA (Joint Bulletin)BL10015 HSA and VCHA are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached on a without prejudice basis, for a number of measures designed to mitigate the impact of laboratory restructuring. Restructuring will occur in the laboratories at Lions Gate Hospital, Richmond Hospital, Vancouver Hospital - 12th and Oak Pavilions, and Vancouver Hospital - UBC Pavilions.

2005 OH&S Steward Training

November 16, 2004
EB04-16 HSA is offering two 2-day basic OH&S steward workshops on: Workshop 1: January 31st and February 1st, 2005 Workshop 2: February 28th and March 1st, 2005

Deadline to submit extended health receipts extended to November 15

October 29, 2004
BL10010 All HSA members covered by the paramedical professional collective agreement are encouraged to submit any unclaimed receipts for extended healthcare benefits incurred by members or dependents between May 5 and December 31, 2003 to Pacific Blue Cross no later than November 15, 2004 in order to receive reimbursement. The deadline has been extended one month to November 15 because of administrative delays.

Paramedical professionals ratify contract

September 28, 2004
BL10000 Paramedical professionals have voted 92 per cent in favour of the tentative contract reached this summer between the Paramedical Professional Bargaining Association (PPBA) and the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC). "Clearly, paramedical professionals recognized that this was the best contract possible given the current political climate," says Ron Ohmart, chief negotiator for the PPBA.

Important reminder re: extended health care receipts from May 5 - December 31, 2003

September 21, 2004
BL9995 All HSA members covered by the paramedical professional collective agreement are reminded that any unclaimed receipts for extended healthcare benefits incurred between May 5 and December 31, 2003 must be submitted to Pacific Blue Cross no later than October 15, 2004 in order to receive reimbursement.

HSA establishes Adjustment Plan Committee following VCHA laboratory redesign announcement

September 20, 2004
BL9994 The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority has notified HSA that it has developed recommendations for a redesign of laboratory services. The VCHA has stated that its proposals will result in changes to the VCHA sites or transfers between the sites, impacting staffing levels, shift rotations, full-time equivalents, and required skill mix. However, the health authority has indicated that they will work with HSA to minimize the "involuntary" impact on staff.

Contracting out of MRIs to shorten lists a case of bad planning says health union

September 14, 2004
The decision by the Fraser Health Authority to send patients to private MRI clinics shows that the BC government has failed to plan for long-term health care needs, says Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC. While Stewart acknowledges the health authority is trying to resolve an immediate problem, she says that a long-term strategy is required to avoid similar back-logs in the future.

Fix health care, don't privatize it, activists demand

September 14, 2004
NUPGE among groups defending public medicare at historic summit Ottawa - Defenders of public medicare, including the National Union of Public and General Employees, and HSA President Cindy Stewart rallied Monday as Prime Minister Paul Martin and the first ministers began a three-day historic summit on the future of health care in Canada. Their message to the country's top leaders can be summed up in one short slogan: "Fix! Don't privatize health care." The three-day meeting is the first open, televised meeting by Canada's heads of government since the 1980s.

Health professionals call on First Ministers to tackle crisis of staff shortages

September 13, 2004
Ottawa - An organization representing 60,000 diagnostic, clinical, rehabilitation, pharmacy and other health science professionals today called on Canada's First Ministers to take immediate action to address the growing shortage of health professionals in Canada. "The solution to reducing wait times begins with ensuring an adequate and stable supply of health professionals," says Cindy Stewart, Co-chair of the Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS).