Newswire

Feb
04

2016
REGINA – One premier, 17 cabinet ministers, and a room packed with municipal politicians made up the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association’s (SUMA) Bear Pit. For 75 minutes mayors and counsellors from across the province had free reign to ask cabinet anything they wanted. A wide range of concerns were brought to the table, but two main issues emerged; health care and infrastructure. “How much money can the province borrow to keep our economy going?” asked a delegate in regard to...... Read More
Feb
02

2016
A new report published in a medical journal said for every dollar saved by Lean, Saskatchewan spent $1,511. The study by the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan was published in the International Journal for Quality Health Care. It found that Lean in hospitals did not improve patient outcomes and it brought down morale among nurses. "The study should be the absolute final straw for the disastrous and costly John Black Lean program," NDP Leader Cam Broten...... Read More
Feb
02

2016
HAMILTON, ON, - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) says the elimination of 61 front-line Registered Nurses (RNs) at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton will put patients at risk. The hospital announced today that it is cutting 61 RN positions with widespread cuts in units that include: recovery room, neo-natal intensive care, operating room, nephrology (kidney program), cardiology, acute mental health, complex care, respirology, pre-surgery assessment, dialysis, day surgery, medicine,...... Read More
Feb
02

2016
Jude Morcom of Regina writes: Regarding the story about the new hospital in Moose Jaw being dirty: It is totally unacceptable that a room in a hospital has not been cleaned for 10 days and has used syringes and other garbage under the bed. I know how I would feel if this happened to my loved one at the end of their life. A family member of mine just spent three days in Ward 3E in the Regina General Hospital. I was able to compare this with how things were three years ago when I visited...... Read More
Feb
02

2016
Facing an 11 per cent slash in their numbers at Windsor Regional Hospital, registered nurses are embarking on a campaign to protest hospital funding cuts they say are bad for the people of Windsor and Essex County. “If the government really cared about our health, they wouldn’t be doing this,” says Sue Sommerdyk, the Ontario Nurses’ Association local president who represents 1,550 RNs at Windsor Regional’s two locations. She said ONA has launched a petition and a letter writing campaign,...... Read More
Jan
20

2016
VANCOUVER - Today the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) offered strong recommendations to the country’s health ministers, focused on implementing a new Health and Social Accord. At a roundtable briefing, Canada’s nurses presented the results of extensive consultations and evidence reviews to twelve provincial health ministers, followed by an open discussion between nurse leaders and ministers. The same recommendations will be presented to the federal government.  “We need...... Read More
Jan
20

2016
ONTARIO - Hogarth Riverview Manor management's failure to staff has resulted in a severe lack of registered nurses (RNs), risking the care and safety of its vulnerable residents and violating legislated RN staffing levels. "This is an unsafe, unacceptable situation for our residents," says Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "It is outrageous that this facility, which boasts of providing "high-quality, client-centered care," is doing anything but." The...... Read More
Jan
19

2016
Shortly after the federal election I joined over 300 health professionals and academics in signing an urgent open-letter to Prime Minister Trudeau. Canada’s Nurses were proud to join this call for federal leadership in pharmaceutical coverage with the hope that a new government would redress the costly neglect of the past decade. This week the country’s health ministers gather in Vancouver and the outcome of that meeting will signal the direction of health care for the next generation,...... Read More
Jan
19

2016
WINDSOR, ON - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) representatives have received formal notice of the Windsor Regional Hospital's massive cuts to its Registered Nurse (RN) staff. A total of 169 RN positions, including full- and part-time jobs, are being cut. The cuts will affect just about every program by way of direct layoffs, not filling vacant positions, reduction in hours, replacing RNs with Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs), or the closure of full programs. "It's far worse for our...... Read More
Jan
18

2016
Issues like chronic diseases, drug costs and funding formulas on table, as well as health accord promised in election VICTORIA - The federal government's election promises are expected to be closely examined by the country's health ministers during an annual meeting that's expected to be more co-operative than in past years. British Columbia's Health Minister Terry Lake, who is co-hosting the talks in Vancouver this week, said his counterparts are eager to invite federal Health...... Read More
Jan
15

2016
HALIFAX – A new report says Canada’s health-care system is struggling to find the resources to provide adequate long-term care for people who can no longer live in their homes – and the challenge has already reached the crisis stage in Nova Scotia. The report, prepared for the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, says the province’s antiquated system is plagued by understaffing, excessive workloads, demoralized workers, unsafe work environments and workplace violence. The report says seniors already...... Read More
Jan
15

2016
TORONTO -- The Ontario Nurses' Association is sounding the alarm about layoffs of Registered Nurses by cash-strapped hospitals, and warns patients will pay the price. The union, which represents 60,000 registered nurses, says there were 770 RN positions cut across Ontario last year, and hospitals in Windsor and Kitchener have already announced more RN layoffs this month. The hospitals decided to "risk the health outcomes of patients by cutting RNs to balance the budget," said ONA...... Read More
Jan
12

2016
The University of Regina & Saskatchewan Polytechnic are pleased to offer the Master of Nursing - Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP). Graduates of the program will have both academic and clinical preparation in the knowledge, skill, judgment and essential competencies that are required for the Canadian NP examination and primary care nurse practitioner practice.  The Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program is delivered entirely in an on-line format with the exception of a...... Read More
Dec
21

2015
Ottawa, ON - Canada Revenue Agency Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, announced she has waived reporting requirements for labour organizations and labour trusts, arising from Bill C-377, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations), for fiscal periods starting on December 31, 2015 and through 2016. These requirements would have placed obligations on labour organizations and labour trusts to track their...... Read More
Dec
16

2015
Source: Global Regina REGINA – The organization representing Saskatchewan doctors says it’s concerned that the government’s decision to allow people to pay privately for MRIs is a hasty policy. A letter to physicians from the president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association says it opposes the move and told Health Minister Dustin Duncan that at the end of October. Dr. Mark Brown says the legislation allowing people to pay privately for MRIs runs contrary to the fundamental principle of...... Read More