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Care providers and family members share stories at HSA mental health forum

April 1, 2014
HSA president Val Avery listens to Ingrid Sochting, an HSA member and chief psychologist for Richmond mental health outpatient services.   HSA marked yesterday's expiry of the Canadian Health Accord with a public forum on mental health services.

Arbitration makes progress on 37.5 hour week challenges

March 28, 2014
HSA, on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA), recently met with employers March 10 to 12 to negotiate a resolution to the approximately 1500 grievances related to the 2013 transition to a 37.5 hour work week. Aided by veteran arbitrators Vince Ready and Corrine Bell, some progress was achieved.

March 31 National Day of Action for a New Health Accord

March 26, 2014
BC HEALTH COALITION The current Health Accord expires March 31st, 2014 and the federal government is refusing to renegotiate it. Expiration of the accord will result in a $36 billion dollar cut to public health care, and an additional $16.5 billion dollar cut to health care equalization payments. On March 31, people across the country will be holding rallies to sound the alarm and let their MP's know that it is time to step forward and ensure that our health care system has a future. Here in BC, 8 communities are holding rallies - see list below.

Joseph Sebastian elected as Region 4 representative on HSA Board of Directors

March 24, 2014
Joseph Sebastian has been elected as the Regional Director to represent members from Region 4 on the HSA Board of Directors. Sebastian is a medical radiation technologist at Vancouver General Hospital and has served as a general steward at Vancouver General Hospital for over 10 years. He takes office on adjournment of the 2014 HSA Convention in Vancouver for a two-year term.

Derrick Hoyt re-elected as Region 2 representative on HSA Board of Directors

March 24, 2014
Derrick Hoyt has been re-elected as the Regional Director to represent members from Region 2 on the HSA Board of Directors. Hoyt is pathologist’s assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.   He has served in many roles as an active union member for the past 25 years, including as a Member at Large and Steward. He was first elected to the Board of Directors in a November 2013 byelection. Hoyt’s election is for a two-year term, which expires at the end of the 2016 HSA Convention.

Pacific Blue Cross shut-down for upgrade means March 27-April 3 interruption of service

March 21, 2014
Members are advised that Pacific Blue Cross will suspend its pay direct and online claim services for one week to allow for a major transition to an upgraded health and dental system. The services will be suspended from March 27 to April 3, 2014.

HSA to hold mental health forum March 31

March 20, 2014
Health Sciences Association of BC, a union representing mental health professionals working in hospitals and communities across the province, will hold a public forum on mental health services March 31 in Vancouver.

College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC Annual Education Day

March 18, 2014
HSA’s Registered Psychiatric Nurses are encouraged to apply for education funding to cover costs related to participation in the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC) Annual Education Day scheduled for Friday, May 9 2014 in Coquitlam. The education day – TRAUMA – It Affects Us All - focuses on providing valuable insights into the various forms of trauma. For information about the agenda for the education day, see the poster here.

Government proposing new Laboratory Services Act (Bill 7)

March 11, 2014
Bill 7, the Laboratory Services Act was introduced in the BC Legislature by the Liberal government on February 17, 2014, and is currently at the stage of first reading. The proposed legislation makes significant changes in several areas, including the legislative framework, governance and funding models for medical laboratory services. A general overview of these changes is available here on the HSA website.