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HSA calls on VGH not to risk lives of vulnerable women

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Despite strong community opposition and media attention, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority continues to dismantle the outpatient Domestic Violence Program at Vancouver General Hospital. The 18-year-old program is slated to close at the end of this week.

HSA President Reid Johnson said the sudden closure of this program puts vulnerable women at risk.

VIHA humanitarian emergency response: thanking all health care workers

The Vancouver Island Health Authority reported Sunday that the last patients from MV Sun Sea have been discharged, and the emergency response centre at Victoria General Hospital has now been closed.

The health authority and unions have issued a final joint bulletin thanking all health care workers for their assistance in delivering medical care during this international humanitarian emergency.

Read the final joint bulletin here

 

HSA members to assist in VIHA response to migrant ship humanitarian emergency

Over the past few days, VIHA has been working with health care unions to provide information and address concerns in preparation for receiving refugees requiring emergency medical care.

Canadian officials confirmed today that 490 refugees are aboard a vessel approaching the BC coast.

The old emergency department at Victoria General Hospital has been temporarily reopened to provide screening, triage, assessment, and diagnostic care. VIHA has also re-opened 7 North to treat refugees requiring hospital admission.

VIHA reverses lab consolidation plan; microbiology services remain

Vancouver Island Health Authority has withdrawn a Section 54 notice related to a plan to consolidate all Vancouver Island microbiology laboratory services in Victoria.

Last week, the health authority advised the union and members that it planned to close down microbiology services at Nanaimo Regional and Campbell River Hospitals. VIHA served notice that it was beginning a Section 54 process to address job cuts and relocations. HSA members were advised that up to 18 full time equivalent positions would be affected.

Health science professionals table proposals aimed at protecting quality public health care

Bargaining for a new contract for health science professionals continued this week in Richmond, with the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) tabling a number of proposals aimed at protecting quality public health care.

-British Columbians depend on a quality public health care system for their good health. It is incumbent upon all parties at the bargaining table to get creative about how we can work together to protect and improve our system," said Maureen Headley, HSPBA chief negotiator and HSAs Executive Director of Labour Relations and Legal Services.

Unions table proposals to address health science professional shortages

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association tabled proposals today at the bargaining table aimed at protecting and improving quality public health care in hospitals and communities across the province.

Two key proposals address continued problems health authorities have in keeping and recruiting the health science professionals critical to the modern health care team.

Protecting quality public health care top priority at health science professionals bargaining table

Two days of discussions about a new contract for health science professionals wound up Wednesday afternoon with some progress on non monetary issues related to protecting quality health care. The union bargaining association (Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association) tabled contract language related to whistle-blower protection for health care professionals who speak up about illegal practices at work which put the care of patients or the safety of employees at risk.
 

Important meeting for Fraser Valley HSA members in diagnostic imaging

HSA members working throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley received notice last month of a region-wide plan to consolidate diagnostic imaging services in the Lower Mainland.

An important meeting to discuss how the consolidation plan may affect the jobs of HSA members working in diagnostic imaging throughout the region will be held for HSA members working at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital, Mission Memorial Hospital, Fraser Canyon Hospital, and Chilliwack General Hospital as follows:

Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine national conference May 13-15

The Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine will host a national conference in Vancouver from May 13-15, 2010.

For details and registration information, see www.transfusion.ca

The Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine is a multidisciplinary society which promotes and supports the best practice in transfusion medicine in Canada through education, communication and partnerships.

Conference poster