News Stories of Interest, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

Good morning. Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It’s also Independence Day in Suriname (from the Netherlands in 1975) and National Day in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It’s Teachers Day in Indonesia. Here in Alberta, there were a few news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

[ ]Health care premium vote surprises health minister

The vote by Alberta PC Party members at their weekend convention to reinstate health care premiums has taken the health minister by surprise. Fred Horne said Alberta already spends more on health care than any other province in the country and he was not convinced more money is the answer. The premiums were scrapped by premier Ed Stelmach’s government in 2008. Here’s the [ ]Edmonton Sun’s take on the story.

[ ]AHS closes down Lethbridge measles tent

As measles cases in the Lethbridge area continue their slow climb, Alberta Health Services has shut down a measles assessment centre in a tent outside Chinook Regional Hospital in the Southern Alberta city because of low demand.

[ ]Alberta flu vaccinations up despite fewer cases

More Albertans are rolling up their sleeves for the influenza vaccination in the first month of this year’s campaign compared to last year, according to new numbers by Alberta Health Services. Roughly 350,546 doses of the vaccine have been administered so far, an increase of roughly 6,000 over 2012. Alberta Health Services is also reporting fewer confirmed lab cases of influenza type A.

[ ]ERC suicides point to staffing issues, Correctional Officers say

Two suicides at the new Edmonton Remand Centre, open since April, may be a sign of staffing shortages at the facility, correctional officers say.

[ ]Province hired PR firm to help with Michener Centre closing: NDP

The Alberta government asked a public-relations firm to draft a set of “transition principles” defending the closure of the Michener Centre months after it announced the facility would be shutting its doors, documents released Thursday by the Alberta NDP indicate.

[ ]Michener protesters rally outside Tory convention

Families of people who live at the Michener Centre held a rally Friday outside the Red Deer hotel where the governing Progressive Conservatives were holding a convention. The protesters, including staff represented by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, want the government to reverse the decision to close the centre.

I[ ]CU simulator preps nursing students for crises

A health crisis simulator at the University of Southern Indiana helps nursing students learn how to deal with serious and unexpected problems in a lifelike situation.

I[ ]mplement inquest recommendations: ONA

The Ontario Nurses’ Association says violence in Ontario’s long-term care facilities can be significantly reduced by implementing the recommendations from past coroners’ inquests.

No news summary tomorrow, I’m afraid, but it will be back in action on Wednesday.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)

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