News Stories of Interest, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Good morning. It’s Bounty Day on Pitcairn Island, after the ship whose mutinous crewmembers and the Polynesians who accompanied them arrived on the volcanic South Pacific outcrop in 1790. Here in Alberta, it’s still winter, so it feels about as isolated as Pitcairn Island. There were a few news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

[ http://bit.ly/1jnLXj0 ]Too many hospital beds unused: NDP

The Alberta NDP says provincial health leaders must take immediate steps to open hundreds of hospital beds that are unused because of inadequate staffing and funding. The NDP said documents it has obtained show that as of March 31 last year, Alberta hospitals had a total of 395 “closed” beds, which are defined as “physically ready to open if staffing and funding were available.” Here’s the Sun chain’s [ http://bit.ly/1jzUhJX ]take on the story.

[ http://bit.ly/1fcfXZR ]AHS expands Health Link service

The increasing likelihood of medication poisoning has led to the addition of toxins advice to the Health Link call system.

[ http://bit.ly/1hLUZmS ]Youth Advocate issues damning report in child’s death

Alberta’s child and youth advocate says extraordinary court delays, poor collaboration and failure to protect important relationships undermined efforts to help a sad, confused boy who drowned on an outing with his group home.

[ http://bit.ly/1eST1hW ]First look inside revolutionary Toronto birth centre

About 450 births a year are anticipated when a new low-tech birth centre staffed by midwives opens its doors in Toronto in about a month. The facility, one of two in a $6-million provincial pilot project, will allow women with low-risk pregnancies to give birth in a community setting.

[ http://bit.ly/1aLpJ2q ]St. Albert to renew ambulance contract

The City of St. Albert and Alberta Health Services are close to a renewed agreement on ambulance services – a controversial topic in the Edmonton-area suburb since AHS took over the service from the local fire department and the quality of service immediately and noticeably declined.

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

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