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BC Health Coalition: Health Authority appointment raises serious concerns about governments commitment to defend Medicare

April 29, 2010
The BC Health Coalition is calling into question the provincial governments commitment to defend public health care in the courts in the wake of the recent appointment of Kip Woodward as chair of Vancouver Coastal Health ... the provinces second largest health authority. Mr. Woodward is a former Board member of the for-profit Cambie Surgery Centre and his family investment firm, Woodcorp Investments Ltd., is an investor in the controversial private clinic run by Dr. Brian Day.

Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine national conference May 13-15

April 27, 2010
The Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine will host a national conference in Vancouver from May 13-15, 2010. For details and registration information, see The Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine is a multidisciplinary society which promotes and supports the best practice in transfusion medicine in Canada through education, communication and partnerships. Conference poster    

Join HSAs Board of Directors at Day of Mourning ceremonies

April 22, 2010
On April 28 ... the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job ...  HSA President Reid Johnson and the unions Board of Directors will place a wreath at a ceremony in downtown Vancouver. All workers and their families are invited to pay tribute to workers who have been injured or killed on the job, or stricken with occupational disease.

National Occupational Health and Safety Week: May 2 ... 8, 2010

April 21, 2010
May 2 - 8, 2010 is National Occupational Health and Safety Week. The attached information from Worksafe BC provides a listing of resource materials to assist in any promotions you may consider, in support of this week. More information can be found at the WorkSafe BC website. Printer-friendly version

Defending public health care the focus for health science professionals union

April 16, 2010
Members of the Health Sciences Association, the health care union that represents health sciences professionals who deliver diagnosis, treatment and recovery in BCs hospitals and communities, is meeting this weekend at its 39th annual convention in Vancouver. BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair told delegates Friday that it is important to fight for public health care, because the private interests that want to make money off of health care are threatening access to quality care to everybody who needs it.

New health-care funding model unveiled; Large hospitals to compete for cash for two years from $250-million pot

April 13, 2010
Vancouver Sun By Pamela Fayerman, Rob Shaw and Richard Watts Sources: Canwest News Service and Times Colonist The provincial government is changing the way it funds B.C.'s largest hospitals, a move health officials hope will lead to faster, better treatment. The new system will provide financial incentives to those hospitals that demonstrate they can treat more patients quickly and cost-effectively, thereby lowering wait lists for common procedures like orthopedic surgery.

Patients must always be the top priority in innovative and changing health care

April 13, 2010
Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association, welcomes innovative changes in the delivery of health care and will be watching as the patient-focused funding initiative unveiled by Health Minister Kevin Falcon yesterday unfolds. HSA is the union that represents the health science professionals on the modern health care team, delivering critical diagnostic, clinical and rehabilitation services in BC hospitals. -Theres no question our health care system needs to be innovative and responsive," Johnson said.

WorkSafe BC must order VIHA to provide safe workplaces in aftermath of violent assaults against psychiatric nurses

April 8, 2010
(VANCOUVER) - Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association, and Debra McPherson, President of the BC Nurses Union, are calling on WorkSafe BC to immediately order VIHA to protect staff at Eric Martin Pavilion, the mental health facility at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. The demand for action follows a series of violent assaults on staff by a patient with severe mental illness. VIHAs cuts to psychiatric services and their inaction on improving hospital safety leave patients, staff and the wider community vulnerable to violence. 

Health science professionals talks focus on principles for job evaluation review to reflect the modern health care team

April 8, 2010
The expiry of the 2006 ... 2010 Health Science Professionals collective agreement on March 31, 2010 was marked with continued discussion between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC about the principles that will be used for a thoughtful discussion in negotiating a collective agreement that protects quality health care and values the work of health science professionals.