Newswire

Mar
24

2016
REGINA, March 24, 2016: Members of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) have ratified a March 3, 2016 tentative agreement reached with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO). In province-wide voting yesterday, 91.5 per cent of members who cast ballots voted to accept the new four-year agreement. “SUN members are pleased to have language in their new contract that enables them to exercise their professional judgement when it comes to calling in the additional nursing...... Read More
Mar
23

2016
For Immediate Release: March 23rd, 2016. Saskatoon, Sask- Today health care professionals and public health advocates urged Premier Wall to reverse a plan that would violate the Canada Health Act, and called on Minister Philpott to impose penalties if it is implemented. Premier Wall has stated that if re-elected his party will create a second-tier in health care for both MRI and CT scans. This will allow affluent patients to jump the queue, however, it will not solve the problems of wait...... Read More
Mar
03

2016
The Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations Inc. (SAHO) and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) have signed a memorandum of agreement on a tentative four-year collective bargaining agreement. “I am pleased to report that in a relatively short period of time the parties were able to reach an agreement.  I don’t recall ever having parties move so far so quickly on fundamental issues.  This is a testament to the professionalism and goodwill of both organizations, and I congratulate...... Read More
Mar
01

2016
Top high school graduates enter one of the most difficult undergraduate degrees. They must survive and excel in intense courses specific to the science of professionally caring for individuals, families and communities —health-care issues, leadership, communication, biology, statistics, psychology and counselling. This knowledge is developed and evaluated in classroom and real-life patient-care settings. The science of caring for people, a combination of textbook smarts from a four-year...... Read More
Feb
29

2016
SUN President, Tracy Zambory, wrote to the federal Minister of Health, Jane Philpott, this morning to express SUN’s strong opposition to the licensing of Canadian Plasma Resources as a for-profit blood plasma donation clinic in Saskatchewan.   March 1, 2016   The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health Health Canada Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney’s Pasture Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9   Dear Minister Philpott:   I write on behalf of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) and our...... Read More
Feb
11

2016
The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses says contract talks with the province have reached an impasse after more than seven months at the bargaining table. SUN President Tracy Zambory says a key item of concern is the ability of nurses to call in extra staff when they think help is needed. The union says nurses can often call in more maintenance, kitchen, or even snow removal staff, but only some RNs can call in additional nursing staff if they think it's necessary for patient care. The...... Read More
Feb
11

2016
Key issue is ability of nurses to call in extra staff when patient safety at risk, nurses union says Collective bargaining talks between Saskatchewan's registered nurses and management have stalled. On Thursday, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) said that after seven months of bargaining with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations, they are at an impasse. Details of what's being offered have been under a media blackout over that time. According to SUN, one sticking...... Read More
Feb
11

2016
After seven months at the bargaining table, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses notified the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations Thursday morning that collective bargaining has reached an impasse.  SUN president Tracy Zambory said she is disappointed negotiations have stalled when progress had been made early in the process. “We are not seeing any movement,” she said. “We’ve had a few times when we’ve come back together and they’ve delivered us the same answer twice. We know that...... Read More
Feb
11

2016
REGINA, February 11, 2016: Today, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) notified the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO) that collective bargaining has reached an impasse. This decision comes after more than seven (7) months at the bargaining table. “We are incredibly disappointed and believe this to be a missed opportunity for SAHO to collaborate with the province’s almost 10,000 registered nurses on finding solutions to improving both patient care and workplaces,”...... Read More
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