News Stories of Interest: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Here are a few of today’s health care related stories that may be of interest to UNA members:

Alberta Health cuts flu vaccine targets for 2015/16

Alberta Health is lowering its flu immunization goal this year to 40 percent, as it continues to fail at meeting its targets to vaccinate Albertans. During the 2014/15 flu season, AHS vaccinated 30 percent of Albertans against the flu, falling short of its goal to inoculate 45 percent of the population, according to statistics from AHS. During the 2014/15 flu season, 64 percent of AHS employees were vaccinated against the flu, falling short of its target of 80 percent. This year, AHS hopes to see 80 percent of health employees inoculated.

Mulcair makes big health care promises for youth mental-health and Alzheimer’s

At a campaign stop in Lethbridge today, NDP leader Tom Mulcair vowed an NDP government would commit $100 million to improve mental-health services for young people. Mulcair said the money would be used to establish a mental-health innovation fund for children and youth. Yesterday, the NDP leader announced a $40-million strategy to deal with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

AHS invests $1.1 million in upgrades to Cold Lake Health Centre

More than $1.1 million in upgrades were completed this summer at the Cold Lake Health Centre to improve services. Upgrades were made to building control systems that monitor most ventilation, heating and cooling units. According to AHS, the upgrades allow systems to run more efficiently, reduce energy consumption and improve control of room temperatures.

Edmonton residents to speak with Alberta Health Services

Residents of Edmonton’s West Jasper Place neighbourhood will air their concerns over sewer smells wafting through their community at a meeting with Alberta Health Services today.

Striking Canadian Blood Services workers get a little help from their friends

Striking Canadian Blood Services workers in Charlottetown, P.E.I. got some extra support on the picket line Monday from representatives of several different unions. The 11 part-time workers say they have been without a contract since March of 2011. The strike began last Monday.

David Cournoyer
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
Website: www.una.ab.ca
Office: 780 425 1025
Mobile: 780 913 1563