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Negotiations in progress for Health Information Management Lower Mainland consolidation

Since January 10 of this year, the union has met with Providence on three occasions to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement. Three more meetings are scheduled.

The intent of these meetings is to negotiate a labour adjustment agreement that mitigates the impacts of the employers proposed consolidation structure for our members working in Health Information Management.

Royal Inland Hospital: sudden, radical cut to x-ray services will ultimately cost Kamloops

NEWS RELEASE: Yesterday, Royal Inland Hospital announced a radical cut in outpatient x-ray services, with no consultation with the community.

The hospitals x-ray technologists are raising the alarm that Royal Inland Hospital is putting patient services at risk.

-Royal Inland announced yesterday that starting Sunday, patients should no longer come to the hospital for routine outpatient x-rays," said Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association.

Health science professionals vote to accept proposed collective agreement

Members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association have voted to accept the terms of collective agreement terms reached in late December.

-There is no question that the frustration felt by the bargaining committee, which was forced to deal with a government-imposed ‘net-zero mandate, was also felt by health science professionals who voted on the tentative agreement," said HSA President Reid Johnson.

The agreement passed with 57 per cent voting in favour.

Government's refusal to address shortages of health science professionals leads to supply crisis for Interior Health Authority

BCs Interior Health Authority is paying thousands of dollars in additional costs to recruit ultrasound technologists from private, for-profit clinics to work in IHA hospitals because the government has refused to address a critical shortage of ultrasound technologists in BC, Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC said today.

-The governments failure to have an effective recruitment and retention strategy has resulted in a crisis that IHA is now scrambling to find a fix for."

Conference call January 31 for HSA members working in health information management

HSA members working throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley received notice Jan 10, 2011 of a region-wide plan to consolidate health information management services in the Lower Mainland.

Important meetings to discuss how the consolidation plan may affect the jobs of HSA members working in health information management were held this week. Members who did not have an opportunity to participate in any of the meetings are invited to joing a conference call on Monday January 31 as follows:

Important meeting for HSA members in health information management

HSA members working throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley received notice Jan 10, 2011 of a region-wide plan to consolidate health information management services in the Lower Mainland.

Important meetings to discuss how the consolidation plan may affect the jobs of HSA members working in health information management will be held as follows. Members are invited to attend any of the three information meetings.