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Restructuring announcement a smokescreen for service cuts - HSA president Cindy Stewart says

Today's announcement of a massive restructuring of the system of health care governance in BC is a smokescreen for the Liberal government's real agenda for health care, Health Sciences Association of BC President Cindy Stewart said.

"The health care system has been through structuring and restructuring for a decade. The centrepiece of our health care system cannot be process. It has to be patients," Stewart said.

Contracts don't get in the way of service says health science professionals' union

Health Sciences Association President Cindy Stewart is calling on Health Services Minister Colin Hansen to take a closer look at problems with flexibility in the health care system.

"The Minister of Health Services has said over and over again that inflexibility in the negotiated collective agreements is undermining the delivery of health care in BC.

"That really is an astounding comment from a representative of the government that imposed a collective agreement on 14,000 health science professionals. It's his own government's contract," Stewart said.

Governments force growth of private health care, Health Sciences Association president charges

Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association, says its no surprise that St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver is delivering private medical services.

"Its not surprising that after years of governments starving the public health care system ... starting with the federal government ... hospitals are looking for ways to increase revenue to be able to deliver the services the public health care system is mandated to deliver," she said.

Liberals put health care at risk

Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association, called on Premier Gordon Campbell today to live up to his promise to make health care a priority for British Columbians.

"Every day, Premier Gordon Campbell pulls another piece out of a public health care system that has been envied around the world," Stewart said.

She said the governments wholesale attack on health care puts the system and British Columbians who rely on health care services at risk.

BC's union of health science professionals donates $25,000 for breast cancer research

Health Sciences Association (HSA) President Cindy Stewart presented the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation this week with a $25,000 donation in the lead-up to the annual Run for the Cure, taking place across the province September 30.

The donation marks the fifth year in a row HSA has been a regional sponsor of the BC-Yukon Chapter of the foundation. HSA members play an integral role in the diagnosis and care of people with breast cancer, and the majority of HSA members are women.

Imposed contract means health care chaos for years, HSA president says

HSA President Cindy Stewart said the legislation passed this afternoon imposing a contract on health science professionals will throw the health care system in British Columbia into chaos.

"The government had a number of options, and it was our understanding as late as Tuesday morning that the Minister of Labour was prepared to continue negotiations," Stewart said.

"But Premier Gordon Campbell obviously had a different idea."

Remarks by Cindy Stewart

Thank you for coming tonight.

I want to start my comments by saying the actions of HSA members right across British Columbia these past two days have not been about defying legislation. They have been about achieving a collective agreement.

HSA members have shown they are resolved to get a contract that values their contribution to our health care system.

They have been demonstrating for the past two days that the offer put to them in this round of bargaining is offensive in the extreme.

It values some health care workers more than others.