News Stories of Interest, Monday, June 20, 2016

It’s World Refugee Day. On this day in 1877, Alexander Graham Bell installed the world’s first commercial telephone in Hamilton, Ont.

Flu linked to 62 deaths in Alberta, down from last year

Alberta Health Services says 62 deaths in the province this year have been linked to the flu, down from 90 in the previous season.

Senior Ontario nurse fired for raising safety concerns

The CEO of the largest hospital in London, Ont., has sacked his chief nurse to stop her from speaking out against changes that put patients across Ontario in harm’s way, the head of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario says.

Gay men who have been abstinent for 1 year can give blood

Health Canada has cleared the way for gay men who abstain from sex for at least one year to donate blood — a policy shift that falls short of the Liberal Party’s election pledge to eliminate the waiting period entirely.

Postpartum depression can strike one in seven new moms

Postpartum depression can affect one in seven mothers at any time during pregnancy and until a year after the birth of a child, the CBC reports in a story about one family’s experience. Only around one in five of these mothers receive help for the illness.

Baby with Encephalocele will have rewarding life, doctors vow

Postmedia tells the story of a baby with Encephalocele, a rare congenital disorder in which a baby’s brain herniates from the skull in the womb and the bones do not properly form around it, and the surgical strategy of surgeons in Cleveland who are trying to fix it.

Canada’s assisted-dying legislation is unconstitutional – now what?

The Liberals have chosen to ignore the Supreme Court’s minimum criteria that desperately suffering patients would have to meet in order to be eligible for medical aid in dying. A member of the expert panel on end-of-life decision-making, which recommended a permissive assisted-dying regime says what he thinks should happen next.

Health Canada makes some on-reserve patients jump through hoops for treatment

Health Canada makes some on-reserve patients jump through hoops or wait longer than non-indigenous Canadians to access prescription drugs their doctors believe they need to treat mental illnesses, a psychiatrist who has worked in First Nations communities says.

Indigenous doulas hope to provide more cultural birth support

Numerous First Nations and Métis women in Alberta must leave community behind as they travel from rural reserves to give birth in urban hospitals. A newly formed group of doulas, which provide support to moms and their partners in preparation for childbirth, believe they can change that.

Aboriginal Canadians get second-class health care: experts

Canada’s system for delivering health care to First Nations and Indigenous Canadians is out-of-date and deeply flawed, according to experts in the health care field, who say it effectively creates drastic inequalities in access to services and treatment.

Alberta unions urge Alberta to keep minimum wage promise

The Alberta Federation of Labour wants the NDP to keep its promise to raise Alberta’s minimum wage to $15 by 2018 despite backlash from the business sector.

Total cost of cancelling private lab above $4 million

The Alberta government paid a penalty of $805,000 to call off discussions with Australian-based Sonic Healthcare to provide lab services and build a centralized medical laboratory in Edmonton, CBC News has learned. The penalty brings the overall cost of the RFP to $4.5 million.

First post-fire baby born in Fort Mac hospital

The first baby has been born in Fort McMurray’s hospital since the city was evacuated in early May. Eli Danny Roy Mercer was born Friday morning at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
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