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Airing concerns

The Report: December 2011 vol.32 num.4

BY LAURA BUSHEKIN

THAT BIG SIGH OF RELIEF? HSA member Simone Gruenig just might have something to do with it.

As a physiotherapist specializing in cardiorespiratory care, Gruenig says that one of the best parts of her job is the immediate relief she can bring to someone who is having trouble breathing.

Time for government to make the right choices

The Report: December 2011 vol.32 num.4

THERE IS NO DOUBT HSA members are angry about the way they were treated by the government in the last round of contract negotiations. But I still find it striking to recognize the source of this anger is not concern for themselves ... its their deep concern for the future of health care and the needs of their patients.

Back to the table

The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3

AS THIS ISSUE OF THE REPORT WAS GOING TO PRINT, HSA members who work in the community social services sector were preparing to vote on a tentative agreement reached after almost two years at the bargaining table.

The third thing

The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3

HSA PRESIDENT REID JOHNSON ON EFFORTS TO RAISE PROFILE FOR HEALTH SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS WORKING ALONGSIDE DOCTORS AND NURSES

The Report: HSA is launching two ad campaigns in September. Tell us about them.

Violent incidents go underreported

The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3

SURVEY OF MEMBERS REVEAL SOME BELIEVE VIOLENCE IS PART OF THE JOB

BY MARTY LOVICK

-VIOLENCE", ACCORDING TO WORKSAFEBC regulation 4.27, is the attemped or actual exercise by a person, other than a worker, of any physical force so as to cause injury to a worker, and includes and threatening statements or behaviour which gives a worker reasonable cause to believe that he or she is at risk of injury.

Are you affected by helicopter fumes?

The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3

STUDIES NOT CONCLUSIVE BUT HSA MEMBERS REPORT VARIETY OF SYMPTOMS

BY MARTY LOVICK

EVERY DAY, HELICOPTERS TAKE OFF AND LAND at worksites staffed by HSA members. The helicopters are a vital means of transport for the most critically sick and injured, but they are also a source of fumes which may be making staff themselves sick.

Nadia Gale - Artist in the laboratory

The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3

NADIA GALE AND HER COLLEAGUES SEE THE PERSON BEHIND THE TISSUE SAMPLE

WHEN LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST Nadia Gale heard shed won the Medical Technologist/ Technician Award for Continued Professional Development, conferred by the Canadian Association of Pathologists this spring, she was of course thrilled ... not just for herself, but for all laboratory technologists.

Farewell Jack

The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3

LIKE AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF CANADIANS, I felt a personal connection to Jack Layton.

Of course we could count on him to stand up for the things that matter to our membership and all Canadians. In 2005, in spite of helming a caucus far smaller than the breakthrough group elected just a few months ago, he cannily forced the Liberal government to divert $4.6 billion in funding towards much-needed investments in education, public transit and affordable housing.

A smarter public health care system

The Report: June 2011 vol.32 num.2

HSA invited Andre Picard, health reporter for the Globe and Mail, to deliver a keynote address on the future of public health care in Canada. His speech touched on several recommendations for improving the system.

Thank you for the kind introduction. But I recently changed my bio, courtesy of a politician who was angry with one of my columns. He said: -Picard, youre a hard man to ignore -- but its well worth the effort."