News Stories of Interest, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Good afternoon. It’s Chulalongkorn Day, a public holiday in Thailand that commemorates the death of one of the country’s kings in 1910. It’s the Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle in the Republic of Macedonia, which is part of the former Yugoslavia and not the only place in the region that goes by that name. It’s National Day in Hungary. Here in Alberta, there were a number of news stories of interest to UNA members and staff.

AHS ads termed misleading by UNA VP

Alberta Health Services is misleading Albertans in a new ad campaign that claims AHS “is looking for more full-time nurses.” In reality, most of the registered-nurse positions advertised on its job website are for part-time jobs, writes UNA Vice-President Jane Surtrik in a letter to the editor of the Edmonton Journal published today. Here’s another letter on the same topic from a couple of days

AUPE members ratify DIB settlement

AUPE members at eight Extendicare seniors care facilities in Alberta have ratified a settlement recommended by a government-imposed disputes inquiry board in September. Human Services Minister Dave Hancock imposed the board just hours after the union served strike notice when the employer backed out of mediation. The agreement affects 1,200 members who work as licensed practical nurses, health care aides and general support staff in Red Deer, Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Athabasca and Mayerthorpe.

Health minister rolls up sleeve to encourage flu vaccinations

Alberta’s annual flu vaccination program got underway Monday, with Health Minister Fred Horne rolling up his sleeve for the shot. Health leaders are pushing hard for people to get the shots, saying it saves lives and lessens the burden on the health system. Here’s the Calgary Herald’s version of the story.

Getting flu shot may cut heart attack risk

A simple, once-a-year injection — the annual flu shot — may cut the risk of heart attack or dying from a heart-related cause by a third, Canadian-led research suggests.

Vaccinations urged after measles outbreak

Health officials in Lethbridge are preparing for what could be a major outbreak of measles, and have erected a number of tents outside the Chinook Regional Hospital to serve as a measles assessment clinic. Health officials have quarantined individuals they believe have been exposed, asking them to stay home for 21 days. They are also urging parents to ensure their children are immunized against measles.

Fight against TB said falling behind

Nearly 3 million people with tuberculosis are not getting diagnosed or receiving treatment as TB superbugs spread, says the World Health Organization’s latest report on the disease, released today.

I wish I could report to readers I was elected in Monday’s municipal election – alas for me, I was not.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)
www.una.ab.ca

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