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Tell your MLA to help stop BCs user fee scheme for hospital care

BC Health Coalition Action Alert:

Dear Friend of Medicare,

This week, take a moment to call your MLA and tell them to scrap BCs user fee scheme for hospital care.

During the Weeks of Action on Home and Community care, public health care supporters are meeting with decision-makers in dozens of BC ridings to demand a stop to hospital user fees and to improve home and community care services.

Send a letter to protect home and community care

BC Health Coalition Action Alert

Dear Friend of Medicare,

We're calling on you to join with public health care supporters in your community to demand quality and accessible health care for seniors and people with disabilities.

As a part of the home and community care weeks of action this month, write a letter to your local papers and have your say.

Province's user fee plan penalizes BC patients

BC Health Coalition calls on province to reverse its directive requiring health authorities to charge fees to patients who need hospital care to recover from illness or injury

The BC Health Coalition is concerned that core hospital services previously provided to patients free of charge as required by the Canada Health Act are now subject to so-called -convalescent care" fees that health authorities began to impose over the spring and summer.

Vancouver City Council passes motion calling for the restoration of VGH domestic violence program

In a unanimous vote last night, Vancouver City Council passed a motion calling for the restoration of the outpatient Domestic Violence Program at Vancouver General Hospital.

VGH closed the clinic in a surprise move this summer, with no consultation with emergency room staff or with the community.

HSA Region 4 Director Brendan Shields spoke in support of the motion on behalf of the union.

Labour adjustment agreement reached in consolidation of diagnostic imaging services throughout Lower Mainland

HSA has completed negotiations with Lower Mainland health authorities for a transition to a region-wide consolidation of diagnostic imaging services. The agreement allows for the significant restructuring of services without displacements and layoffs of diagnostic imaging staff.

Highlights of the Section 54 agreement include:

- Provisions for seamless employment transfer

- Expanded opportunities in job postings and bumping rights

- Increased opportunities for clinical specialization, and

Interested in serving on the Community Action Program for Children Advisory Committee?

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in BC is looking for individuals to serve on the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) Advisory Committee.

The purpose of the CAPC Advisory Committee is to make recommendations on CAPC-specific funding and policy, including program implementation and evaluation, to PHAC. By participating as an Advisory Committee member, an individual has the opportunity to provide input that will shape the delivery of the program in BC.

PHAC is currently seeking representation from the following:

Criminal records checks: an update

Health science professionals who work with children have been receiving employer notifications regarding the requirement for criminal records checks.

As a result of amendments to the Criminal Records Review Act which came into effect in January 2008, all employees who work with or have unsupervised access to children (under age 19) must undergo a criminal records check every five years ... not just upon hire.  The deadline for compliance is December 31, 2010.

Private clinics: now is the time for government action to stop for-profit health care

New evidence of Canada Health Act violations, BC Court of Appeal ruling affirming government authority to audit for-profit clinics, and resolution at next weeks UBCM Convention all signal need for immediate government response.

New research conducted by the BC Health Coalition has revealed evidence that for-profit clinics across the province continue to openly charge patients additional fees to jump the queue for health services already covered by Medicare.

Canadian Health Coalition says national Pharmacare could save billlions

The Canadian Health Coalition (CHC) is urging the Harper government to stop stalling and start working with provincial and territorial governments to bring in a universal public Pharmacare program.

The coalition has sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper appealing for action following the release of a report laying out a formula for Pharmacare that would not only offer coverage to all Canadians but could save up to $10.7 billion annually in the process.