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Interior Health Authority laboratory services restructuring

Updated October 2, 2015

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BACKGROUND

In 2015, a massive redesign of laboratory services in Interior Health Authority was announced by the health authority. Changes over two years include consolidation of all services to the Kelowna General Hospital lab, and the expanded use of Point of Care (POC) testing. The changes are expected to affect 23 sites across IHA.

In July 2015,  team of HSA labour relations experts met with the employer (IHA) to discuss the changes and the potential consequences for HSA members working in the labs. IHA claims the planned changes in service will not lead to job loss for technologists across the Health Authority. However, as restructuring in health care has come to be code for controlling spending that ultimately leads to reduced care for patients, HSA will be monitoring developments closely.

We have set up a dedicated email address for members to keep up as up to date as possible on developments in IHA lab structures. Any changes you experience or hear about, including changes in job duties, decreases in available overtime, unfilled vacancies, etc. should be reported to HSA through ihalab@hsabc.org

HSA and its members have an established reputation of working cooperatively with health authorities to improve practices and processes that ensure innovative approaches to address the needs of patients. HSA plans to work in this spirit with IHA, but will ensure that HSA members and patient care are protected through the restructuring.