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Clancy says health accord only a start

New federal dollars welcome, but union will continue fighting for-profit care

OTTAWA - Canada's second largest union warned today that Canada's First Ministers have only written the first prescription needed to protect and build the national Medicare system.

New health care money needs strings attached - B.C. unions

Globe and Mail ad argues that a contract-breaking B.C. premier can't be trusted with untied health dollars

Should strings be attached to increased federal health dollars to guarantee that provincial premiers like B.C's Gordon Campbell actually spend the money on health care?

That's the question B.C.'s unions are asking in a Globe and Mail advertisement that runs across the country today as provincial premiers gather in Toronto to plot strategy for the upcoming First Ministers' meeting on health care.

Hold public hearings on VGH P3 clinic, says health coalition

Medicare advocates are calling on the BC government and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority to hold immediate public hearings into their scheme to privatize the financing and operation of a new ambulatory care centre at Vancouver General Hospital.

The BC Health Coalition is also challenging the health authority to release its business case for the $90 million public-private partnership so that the public can judge for themselves whether the project is financially sound, provides better health services and wont trigger expensive and risky trade disputes.

Community social services workers call on new trustee to pay up

A joint release from the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union, the B.C. Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Hospital Employees' Union (CUPE), and the Health Sciences Association.

The women and men who care for society's most vulnerable citizens are urging the government's new trustee in the community social services sector to implement their outstanding wage increase.

Unions await mediator's recommendations aimed at settling contract at Deltassist

Mediator Grant MacArthur is poised to issue recommendations to settle a collective agreement at Deltassist Family and Community Services. Two unions, the Health Sciences Association (HSA) and the Canadian Autoworkers Union (CAW) represent about 40 employees at Deltassist.

HSA negotiator Dave Martin said following two days of mediation last week around a framework settlement agreement devised by the mediator, very few issues remain outstanding.

All show and no tell at health care briefing

It was all show and no tell at the government's long-awaited announcement on the future of health care in British Columbia.

In a carefully stage-managed news conference held in downtown Vancouver today, the Liberal government unveiled its vision for the future of health services in the province. Chief Executive Officers and chairs of the province's six health authorities were summoned to Vancouver to present their plans for health care delivery.

"The presentations were long on rhetoric and short on details," Health Sciences Association of BC President Cindy Stewart said.