UPDATE – Dec. 10, 2012: HSPBA has agreed to suspend the job action that was scheduled for five days this week (December 10-14). All areas across PHSA will return to normal operations.PHSA job action information line: 604-216-7112 or Toll-Free 1-855-516-7112
We do not expect picketing at any PHSA sites. This job action is limited to HSA employees who work in the departments listed below. All other areas should be fully staffed.
In order to provide safe patient care, we may need to postpone some non-emergency procedures, including surgeries and diagnostic tests. Patients requiring emergency care will not be postponed.
Where a patient’s procedure is postponed, we will contact the patient directly, and will reschedule as quickly as possible. The rebooked procedure will have top priority; they will not go to the bottom of the list. We ask that patients do not call our facilities to inquire about their scheduled procedures.
PHSA understand that this disruption can cause concern and anxiety for patients, their family members and is working to ensure families are made aware of any changes to appointments. At this point, we are not able to compensate patients for travel or other costs related to postponements.
If you have concerns about the affect this postponement will have on your health or medical care, or if you feel your medical condition has changed, please contact your doctor.
There is currently no job action at PHSA facilities.
On Friday, December 7, job action will take place between 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. for the following services:
The HSPBA has advised us that they will only support surgeries that are considered “urgent, emergent, or cancer/equivalent.” Because of this, Diagnostic Imaging is unable to support additional surgeries that do not meet this criteria.
On Thursday, December 6, job action will affect pharmacy services at all PHSA sites from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Pharmacy services are expected to continue, however, due to reduced staffing, patients may experience a longer wait in receiving medication.Other impacts:
*Important note: Chemotherapy treatments at the BC Cancer Agency will proceed as scheduled.
Updated on: Dec. 7, 2012