News Stories of Interest, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Good morning. It’s Heroes Day in Angola. Here in Alberta, there were a few news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

Mandate letters handed to ministers

“Mandate letters” outlining responsibilities and expectations were given to ministers, legislative secretaries and special advisors today by the Prentice Government. The letters have been posted on the government’s website. Among the expectations listed for Health Minister Stephen Mandel are developing a governance system for AHS “that allows for outcome based regional decision making” and “to develop a patient focused, efficient, effective and sustainable health care delivery system.”

Immediate investment in continuing care called urgent need

Dr. Peter Parks, emergency medicine spokesperson of the Alberta Medical Association, calls for immediate investment by Alberta in continuing care facilities to ease the pressure on the province’s ERs, which are overflowing with alternate-level-of-care patients. “ALC patients are not ‘bed blockers,’ but are flesh-and-blood Albertans,” he said.

Letter reveals details of BCTF tentative agreement

The final wording of the new contract proposal has not yet been publicly released, but CBC News has obtained a letter outlining the highlights sent by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation to its members. The letter confirms the deal is for six years with a salary increases of 7.25 per cent, plus a variety of increases to health and dental benefits. The pay raise breaks down over six-years into several stages. Teachers are the big losers in the deal, a Globe and Mail columnist argued.

Blood test could diagnose major depression

Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago have developed a blood test that may be able to identify people suffering from clinical depression.

Sierra Leone blasts WHO for ‘sluggish’ Ebola response

Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization yesterday of being “sluggish” in facilitating the evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care.

NDP leadership hopefuls debate health care

Balanced budgets, upgraded health services and a better balance between jobs and the environment were the main topics at a debate by NDP leadership candidates yesterday evening in Lethbridge.

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

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