News Stories of Interest, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Well, AGM is over, NewsBulletin is almost complete and here we are again. Today is Independence Day in Mongolia (from China in 1921, although, go figure, it actually happened on July 11) and Constitution day in India. Here in Alberta, there continue as always to be stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

Docs, nurses accused by AHS of not properly washing their hands

Albertans across the province have a one-in-four chance of encountering a health-care provider who hasn’t properly washed their hands, Alberta Health Services claims. Compliance rates for proper hand-washing protocols at provincial hospitals sit at 73 per cent, according to the latest figures provided by the health authority.

Alberta continuing-care review nears completion

A six-month review of systemic problems in Alberta’s $1.4-billion continuing care system is nearing completion, according to Alberta Health Services officials. The “high level scan” began in July following a scathing report into continuing care by the Health Quality Council of Alberta. As it nears its end, a draft list of recommendations is now being circulated.

Premier eyes public service ‘reform’ to improve civil service morale

Premier Jim Prentice says he will reform Alberta’s public service to address “shocking” turnover, low morale and a host of other “very significant problems.” You can read what he says in this story, but as an aside, I’d worry about this if I were a civil servant in Alberta. The reasons for the morale problems should be obvious, Bills 9, 10, 45 and 46 for example.

Use of charitable donations to pay cancer agency exec sparks anger

Health Minister Terry Lake said Tuesday he has concerns about the “questionable” use of charitable dollars to boost the pay level of a BC Cancer Agency executive. Lake was responding to a Vancouver Sun story that revealed that in 2012 the B.C. Cancer Foundation committed to giving $75,000 a year for five years, to be used toward a higher salary for a new leader for the agency.

Ex-Wildrose MLAs defend bolting to Tories

Two MLAs who left the Wildrose to join the governing Tories defended their actions Tuesday as they took their new seats in Alberta’s Legislature, while a third who quit to sit as an independent predicted more defections to come. Kerry Towle and Ian Donovan rejected accusations from Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith that their actions were self-serving.

Indoor walking gets boost in Peace River

Welcome to Alberta’s winter. An indoor walking program has started at a Peace River recreation centre and so far, 20 folks have signed up.

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

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