Committee votes unanimously to move N.B. PTSD bill forward

November 25, 2015 2:11 pm
By Laura Brown - Video Journalist  Global News - © Shaw Media, 2015

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In a non-partisan show of support, it took MLA's from both sides of government just minutes to send a bill that would see faster treatment for those suffering from PTSD to the next step. Global' s Laura Brown has more.

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Hospital cafeterias reducing hours or closing in Horizon Health region

Cafeterias are losing $350,000 a year, 25 workers will be let go

CBC News | Posted: Nov 19, 2015 4:52 PM AT | Last Updated: Nov 20, 2015 9:12 AM AT

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Horizon Health has confirmed it's making major cutbacks to the cafeteria hours in its hospitals.

Starting in the new year, no cafeteria in any of the regional health authority's hospitals will be open on weekends or statutory holidays, or after 1:30 p.m. on weekdays.

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CUPE raises concerns about privatizing hospital services

CUPE pushes back against the Gallant government's plan to privatize hospital food and cleaning services
By Jacques Poitras, CBC News Posted: Sep 18, 2015 12:13 PM AT

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Norma Robinson, the president of CUPE Local 1252, predicts poorer quality food and “deaths from hospital-based infections” if one of three companies are chosen in the privatization of hospital services. (CBC)

Unionized workers are ramping up their fight against the Gallant government's plan to privatize the management of hospital food and cleaning services.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees released a scathing report on Friday listing problems that have come up in facilities where three leading food and cleaning companies have operated.

The so-called "Big Three" companies are Sodex of France, Aramark of the United States and Compass Group of the United Kingdom.

Norma Robinson, the president of CUPE Local 1252, predicts poorer quality food and "deaths from hospital-based infections" if any of the companies is chosen.

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Press Release - CUPE 1252 - Privatization

September 18, 2015

pdfPrivatization in Health Care: Pay More, Get Less (PDF - 98 KB)

CUPE 1252 - Brief to Hon. Victor Boudreau, Minister of Health

July 21, 2015

pdfPrivatization in Health Care: Pay More, Get Less (PDF - 250 KB)

Hospital Services to be Privatized by Fall

As published in the Telegraph Journal, July 2nd, 2015

FREDERICTON • The Liberal government plans to have a deal by fall to see a private firm take over the management of food and cleaning services in the province’s hospitals.

The Liberals have signalled that they want to give the private sector a greater role in the province’s health-care system.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau announced in April that government had started negotiating with a private firm to deliver some services in both health authorities.

That direction was reinforced by Horizon Health Network CEO John McGarry earlier this week, who has now suggested the use of private health-care firms could pull physiotherapists, audiologists, dietitians and other outpatient services from hospitals.

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Looking behind the mask of austerity in New Brunswick

Written by Asaf Rashid on June 22, 2015
NB Media Co-op

22 06 2015One word defines the New Brunswick 2015 /2016 budget and its aftermath: austerity, largely felt through cuts to public services. The cuts have galvanized the creation of the NB Prosperity Not Austerity Coalition, which is challenging the austerity measures.

“The coalition is growing and represents over 100,000 people in New Brunswick,” said Patrick Colford, president of New Brunswick Federation of Labour. The coalition includes the NB Federation of Labour, CUPE NB, Unifor, NB Coalition for Pay Equity, Common Front for Social Justice, Mount Allison University Faculty Association, Reproductive Justice NB, Fédération des étudiants et étudiantes de l’Université de Moncton, among others.

The coalition rejects austerity as a solution to New Brunswick’s economic woes.

Announcements of major cuts to public services in New Brunswick followed the release of the 2015 /2016 budget. Each government department is expected to cut 10% of their expenses, which the government claims is necessary in order to chip away at a $476 million deficit that places it on a fiscal cliff. Finance Minister Roger Melanson has also given an ominous warning that the worst is yet to come in future budgets.

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Local health care workers protest privatization of services

The Sackville Tribune Post - Katie Tower - Published on June 10, 2015

12 06 2015SACKVILLE, N.B. – Local health care workers took the opportunity while the Premier was in town last week to voice their anger over the provincial government’s decision to privatize the management of non-medical services in hospitals throughout New Brunswick.

About two dozen hospital workers rallied in front of the Sackville Legion last Wednesday evening, when Premier Brian Gallant was scheduled to serve as guest speaker for the Greater Sackville Chamber of Commerce dinner.

“We’re rallying against government contracting out services,” said Bob Partridge, president of local CUPE 1252, the union representing licensed practical nurses (LPNs), food service, housekeeping, maintenance and clerk admin workers at SMH.

The government announced earlier this spring that the province is negotiating with a private, for-profit company to take over management of hospital operations such as food services and cleaning. These areas are currently managed in-house. Partridge said once management of those services are taken over, it will just be a matter of time before job cuts start coming.

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Over 300 Bag Lunches Presented

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Terry Mullin, VP Region 3 South Presenting over 100 bag lunches to “Fredericton Community Kitchens Inc.”
Pictured left to right: Therese Murray, Executive Director, Dale Larsen Cook, Terry Mullin VP 1252 Reg.3 South, Sheryl Mercer Office Clerk


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Terry Mullin, VP Region 3 South Presenting over 200 bag lunches to “Fredericton Homeless Shelters Inc.”
Pictured left to right: Warren Maddox, Executive Director, Terry Mullin VP 1252, Reg.3 South, Shelter Volunteer

Rally at the legislature and local 4848 members say NO CUTS TO AMBULANCE SERVICES!!!

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