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Jul
29

2015
A provincial funding freeze is leading Brockville General Hospital to cut front-line staffing and endanger patient health, a small group of health care union advocates said Tuesday. The Ontario Health Coalition launched a petition urging the provincial government to stop the recently announced cuts at BGH and improve hospital funding. “There’s no question that the quality of care is going to be greatly affected by these cuts,” Curtis Coates, representing the coalition, told a sparsely...... Read More
Jul
29

2015
A new four year contract has been ratified by Saskatchewan physicians. The contract agreement covers the period April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2017.  Approximately 90 per cent of physicians voted in favour of the agreement. “This agreement represents a fair and competitive compensation package for the growing number of physicians in our province,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “It demonstrates the shared commitment of government and physicians to improve access to care for Saskatchewan...... Read More
Jul
17

2015
Federal share should be a minimum of 25% say Premiers and nurses   (St. John’s) – Canada’s Premiers strongly support Canada’s nurses’ call for the federal government to commit to increase the Canada Health Transfer to a minimum of 25% of all health care spending by provinces and territories. In a statement on Providing Services for an Aging Population, the Council of the Federation called for the federal government to increase its share of commitment to health care for Canadians.   The...... Read More
Jul
16

2015
(St. John’s) – A new report by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), released at the Council of the Federation, revealed that reductions in federal health transfers may be greater than first feared, leading to a greater strain on provinces already struggling to sustain Canada’s public health care system.   “From its inception, health care was intended to be a partnership and a shared responsibility between the federal and provincial and territorial governments,” said Linda...... Read More
Jul
15

2015
It is extremely distressing to hear that Sudbury Health Sciences North (HSN) has eliminated about 40 full-time and part-time registered nurse (RN) positions since January 2015.  Once again, RNs are made to bear the brunt of poor fiscal planning and budget restraints. The reduction of these positions, resulting in the elimination of approximately 63,000 hours of direct nursing care, impacts patients in many areas at HSN, including: surgical, operating, oncology, emergency and...... Read More
Jul
15

2015
[Global News] REGINA – The Saskatchewan government and the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) have reached a tentative deal on a new four-year-contract. The SMA is recommending acceptance of the contract. “We believe we have reached a reasonable agreement for Saskatchewan’s physicians,” said SMA president Dr. Mark Brown.  “This agreement will keep us competitive with our neighbouring provinces so we can both recruit and retain physicians.” “I am pleased we’ve reached a tentative...... Read More
Jul
09

2015
July 9, 2015 (Ottawa) – Poll results released by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) challenge federal and provincial/territorial leadership to tackle the issue of seniors’ care. Before It’s Too Late: A National Plan for Safe Seniors’ Care, CFNU’s safe seniors’ care strategy, addresses Canadians’ concerns. The poll by Abacus Data, commissioned by the CFNU in May, shows that more than three quarters of Canadians would consider supporting a party that would set national...... Read More
Jul
09

2015
On July 7, 2015, SUN board member, Leslie Saunders RPN, made a very special trip to Estevan to present two deserving community organizations with our annual Community Support donation.   The Warm Welcome Centre and the Estevan Family Resource Centre both received $25,000 as part of SUN's ongoing commitment to building healthy communities. Warm Welcome grateful for SUN's $25,000 donation to homeless shelter Saskatchewan Union of Nurses provides shelter with major boost...... Read More
Jun
25

2015
June 25, 2015 (Regina, SK) – The Regina Board of Education (Regina Public Schools) and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) have signed a new collective agreement. “This is the culmination of a lot of co-operation between SUN’s and Regina Public Schools’ negotiating committees, and we are very pleased with the result,” says Denise Dick, SUN First Vice President. “We negotiated this in a day and it reflects the positive outcomes that are achievable when both parties take a collaborative...... Read More
Jun
24

2015
REGINA — Nurses are raising concerns about staffing in Saskatchewan health-care facilities, in spite of an increased number of nurses working in the province. “We’re really concerned around short staffing,” said Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) president Tracy Zambory. “There isn’t enough registered nurses on the floor to provide safe care.” Further, she said the right staff mix is an issue. A Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) report released Tuesday says there were...... Read More
Jun
05

2015
SUN joined close to 1,000 nurses wearing white in marching down historic Barrington Street in Halifax this Friday, June 6, 2015, for the official launch of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions’ effort to emphasize health care issues during the upcoming federal election campaign. For the first time, nurses from across the country are asking Canadians to vote for the health care they deserve. To date, no political party has made its platform clear, but nurses feel an obligation to...... Read More
Jun
03

2015
Canadian public health care nurses worked more than 19 million hours of paid and unpaid overtime in 2014, report shows again Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (Halifax, NS)  – Paid and unpaid overtime continues to exert a significant toll on the health and well-being of frontline nurses and contributes to higher than necessary costs, a new report prepared for the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions shows. The report by Jacobson Consulting Inc., released today by...... Read More
Jun
01

2015
Nurses’ unions release survey data at national convention in Halifax Monday, June 1, 2015 (Halifax) – Canadians are looking for leadership from the federal government to build our national health care system, rather than tear it down, a new poll from Abacus Data, commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, shows. The poll, which was released today by the CFNU during its biennial convention in Halifax, shows that as Canada's population ages, the future of health care is...... Read More
May
29

2015
SUN President, Tracy Zambory RN, finds the proposed $38 million in RQHR budget cuts troubling. Some of the main areas of concern the region has earmarked for reduction to cover this shortfall and balance the budget include: Reducing 152 fulltime-equivalent positions through reallocating resources and better scheduling, reducing overtime hours and reducing orientation costs among others. We need “better information on why nurses are working overtime as well as having organizations like SUN...... Read More
May
13

2015
By Andrew Livingstone For Postmedia Saskatchewan Specialty  Once the sole domain of women, the nursing profession has long been open to qualified individuals of either sex. With the stigma against male nurses a thing of the past, the demanding, but rewarding field can now be explored by anyone with sufficient training and motivation, as Brooks Brhelle, a nurse in geriatric nursing, can attest.  A resident care coordinator at Extendicare Parkside in Regina, Brhelle serves as the...... Read More