N.B. to contract out management of some hospital services

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N.B. Health Minister Victor Boudreau says the outsourcing process was started by the previous Progressive Conservative government.

Published Thursday, April 23, 2015 4:35PM ADT
Last Updated Thursday, April 23, 2015 4:57PM ADT

FREDERICTON -- The New Brunswick government has begun negotiating with a company to take over management of dietary services, housekeeping and porters in the province's hospitals, which a union says is the first step to the privatization of health care.

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Some hospital services to be privatized, Victor Boudreau announces

Move could save millions, but mean job losses in areas such as food, cleaning, health minister says

CBC News Posted: Apr 23, 2015 4:43 PM AT Last Updated: Apr 23, 2015 4:43 PM AT

The New Brunswick government is moving to privatize the management of non-medical services in the province's hospitals, which could save millions of dollars, but mean job losses, according to Health Minister Victor Boudreau.

He announced Thursday that the government is currently negotiating with a private company to take over areas such as food services and cleaning.

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Health Minister Victor Boudreau could not say how soon non-medical hospital services, such as food and cleaning, will be privatized. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

Boudreau says a request for proposals was launched under the previous Progressive Conservative government, but stalled last summer. Now, the Liberals are moving ahead with the process and have picked a bidder.

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Things not as bad as politicians would have you believe

DAVID COON COMMENTARY
March 5, 2015

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Green party Leader and MLA David Coon reacts to the throne speech in this file photo.
Photo: Stephen MacGillivray/The Daily Gleaner

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and hence clamorous to be led to safety – by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H.L. Mencken
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New Brunswick’s financial situation is nowhere near as frightening as some would have you believe. There is no question that we have challenges.

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Provincial Labour Forum Update

On January 23rd I attended the Labour Forum with Premier Gallant, Health Minister, Victor Boudreau, and Minister of Human Resources, Denis Landry along with all public sector Unions attending.

What I am about to share with you is a snap shot of what was said and what is to be expected in the months to come and the Pre-budget meetings happening in the next three weeks.

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Flemming says ‘talk is cheap,’ urges government to repurpose hospitals

ADAM HURAS Telegraph-Journal
January 26, 2015

FREDERICTON  • Former Health Minister Ted Flemming says “talk is cheap” – urging the Liberal government to move on the idea of closing rural hospitals in order to repurpose them as nursing homes or health clinics.

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Hospital Closures on the Table

JOHN CHILIBECK Legislature Bureau
January 25, 2015

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Victor Boudreau is the minister tasked with carrying out the review that the govvernment hopes will eliminate the provincial deficit. Photo: Adam Huras/Legislature Bureau

FREDERICTON • The Liberal government is floating the idea of closing rural hospitals and converting them to nursing homes to help save taxpayers’ money.

On the eve of a public consultation tour that kicks off Monday night, Victor Boudreau, the cabinet minister in charge of finding up to $600 million in savings by the spring of 2016, said it was an idea that couldn’t be overlooked.

“We have some small rural hospitals, and maybe we have to ask ourselves, ‘Do they best serve the community as a hospital with limited services, or maybe some of them can be converted into a nursing home, community health centre or both, so that you’re keeping jobs in the area while repurposing the building and repacking some of the services. So I do think those are ideas that have to be looked at.”

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New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE 1252)

This Council is chartered by the Canadian Union of Public Employees and is subject to the Constitution of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. It consists of all Hospitals and Institutional Locals in the Province of New Brunswick, First Schedule Part III of the Public Service Labour Relations Act.

homepage-imageThe New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions seeks and maintains the certification as a Bargaining Agent for any group of Employees in the Hospitals and Central Services under the New Brunswick Public Service Labour Relations Act.

The Council negotiates a Province wide Agreement with the Province of New Brunswick’s Department of Finance as represented by the Regional Health Authority Boards of the Regional Health Authorities listed under Part III First Schedule of the Public Service Labour Relations Act.

It has an approximate membership of 11,000 members, covered by thirty one Locals all chartered by the Canadian Union of Public Employees. These members are Hospital Support Workers working within the Vitalite Health Network, Horizon Health Network, FacilicorpNB, Ambulance New Brunswick, and Health Council of New Brunswick.

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Our mission, as a certified Bargaining Agent, is to negotiate a province-wide Agreement with the Board of Management of New Brunswick, in order to provide fair wages and a safe working environment for our members.