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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.

Mediated talks fail - Remarks by Cindy Stewart

Thank you for coming this morning.

First of all, I want to update you on the events that have taken place since June 20 when the Liberal government ordered health science professionals back to work after only five days of job action over four weeks.

I said at that time it was a difficult day for the union and for our members.

I didn't believe the legislated period would work. But I and the union's board of directors were prepared to do everything possible to make it work.

HEABC refuses to bargain; HSA to announce strategy Thursday morning

The Liberal government set up health science professionals contract negotiations to fail, Health Sciences Association President Cindy Stewart charged today.

After a meeting with government-appointed mediator Stephen Kelleher today, the unions representing 14,000 health science professionals said the government-ordered cooling-off period has failed.