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VGH technician shortage threatens to derail urgent heart surgeries

August 14, 2012
Vancouver Sun By ManoriRavindran, Vancouver Sun  August 14, 2012

SOS Kitsilano Coast Guard! Rally To Save Kits Station

August 13, 2012
The federal government plans to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station at the end of the summer, leaving all rescues in Vancouver harbour to the Sea Island Station in Richmond, 17 nautical miles away. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) asks you to add your voice to the growing number of elected officials and prominent British Columbians who are in opposition to this decision made without consultation or consideration of the value of the rescue services provided by Kits Station.

Brief Ergonomic Review Cardiac Ultrasound

August 13, 2012
In May 2012, FORME Ergonomics was contracted by Marty Lovick, Senior Labour Relations Officer, Health Sciences Association of British Columbia, to investigate a query from a number of members regarding insufficient information  on cardiac ultrasonography contained in the Best Practices for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers package recently released by the Health Sciences Association. The objective was to complete a brief review of ergonomic concerns present in cardiac ultrasonography and determine whether additional information on this type of diagnostic sonography could be provided.

HSA regional meeting schedule set

August 13, 2012
HSAs annual fall regional meetings have been scheduled for September and October 2012. Regional meetings are an excellent forum for HSA members to review the issues and activities of the past year, and discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. This year, the day-long regional meeting will be followed by a day-long disability management education workshop. The workshop will be relevant for HSA stewards in all sectors, and will cover a range of issues, including sick leaves, LTD, WCB, duty to accommodate, and return to work plans.

Picnic planned Aug, 25 to celebrate community social services

August 9, 2012
HSA is joining with community social service workers in Victoria to invite members and the community to a summer picnic to celebrate the work of the dedicated people who work every day with some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

HSA offers Election Campaign School

August 9, 2012
HSA is holding a 2-day, non-partisan election campaign school for members who are interested in working  on election campaigns or running for political office.  The school will focus on opportunities for HSA members to be involved in the May 2013 provincial election, but will also touch on municipal and federal elections.  If you want to help elect representatives who will support public health care and community social services, or are considering running for elected office, then HSAs election campaign school is for you!

Cancel Chilliwack rehab closure say residents at 'town hall' meeting

August 1, 2012
Chilliwack Progress Byline: Robert Freeman  Chilliwack was urged at a Tuesday night "town hall" meeting to push back against the pending closure of the rehab unit at Chilliwack General Hospital. Chilliwack-Hope MLA Gwen O'Mahony, who organized the meeting, gamely vowed to carry a call to cancel the closure until all the community's concerns are addressed to Health Minister Mike de Jong.

Public health care advocates outline vision for improving medicare

July 27, 2012
During Premier's meeting, Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network holds press conference to outline their vision to improve Canada's public health care system.

Heart surgery cancellations a clear message that shortages in health science professions can no longer be ignored by BC government

July 26, 2012
News of heart surgery cancellations in Vancouver this week unfortunately doesnt come as a surprise to the Health Sciences Association of BC, and the union is calling for immediate action by the Ministry of Health to address the shortages responsible for a long-standing and continuing weakness in health authorities ability to provide critical services for very ill patients.

Rehab unit meeting important

July 24, 2012
Chilliwack Times Chilliwack-Hope MLA Gwen O'Mahony will moderate a townhall meeting next week on a decision she has little, if any, power to change. Two months ago Fraser Health announced the closure of the 20-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit at Chilliwack General Hopsital (CGH), a unit that was opened with much fanfare from the BC Liberals in 2006. The decision is made-the changes have been announced and some employees have been told their jobs are gone. So what's the point of a townhall meeting now?