News Article - Horizon Health confirms layoffs in radiology, nuclear medicine
Saint John, Moncton, Fredericton hospitals all impacted by job cuts
CBC News Posted: Jan 22, 2014 8:27 AM AT Last Updated: Jan 22, 2014 8:27 AM AT
Horizon Health is cutting eight jobs and eliminating five others in the radiology and nuclear medicine departments. (CBC)
Horizon Health is laying off eight front-line employees and eliminating five other positions.
The cuts are to jobs in radiology and nuclear medicine at the Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton hospitals.
New Brunswick Union president Susie Proulx-Daigle says there's been little reason given for the cuts.
"That's all they've told us so far, that they're benchmarking in different areas of the hospital to look at how services are delivered in the hospital, and from their exercise, these are the results," said Proulx-Daigle.
The health authority says patient care will not be affected by the cuts, but Proulx-Daigle says it's inevitable there will be longer wait times.
"We're saying the layoffs, how can it not have an impact on patient care?" she said.
"They're cutting the front-line services, ultimately increasing wait times, so we just don't understand how it cannot affect the system."
News Article - Horizon cuts radiology jobs
CHRIS MORRIS Legislature Bureau
FREDERICTON – The Horizon Health Network says its decision to eliminate 12 positions in X-ray departments in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton will not impact patient care or wait times.
Daniel Hickey, regional director for Horizon’s diagnostic imaging department, said Wednesday eight radiology technicians were laid off and four vacant positions eliminated in a move designed to streamline services and cut costs.
The staff reductions will save the health network about $500,000 annually.
“The positions that were affected through the layoffs were in the area of general radiology,” Hickey said in an interview.
“We are not anticipating as a result of the layoffs any increase in waiting times for general radiology. This decision was largely taken as an attempt to standardize and look for improved operations and efficiencies. It is not anticipated to have a detrimental impact on wait times or services. The hours of operation and services remain unchanged in those particular areas.”
New Brunswick Union president Susie Proulx-Daigle said two of the layoffs are in Moncton, three in Saint John and three in Fredericton.
“How can this not affect patient care?” she said.
“These are front-line workers in X-ray and one in nuclear medicine. It also raises serious recruitment and retention issues. Our members in these areas tell us they’re very busy and already felt their departments were short-staffed. With fewer people now to do the work, how can it be more efficient?”
Last Updated (Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:04)
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Last Updated (Friday, 17 January 2014 09:13)
NB Union makes important donation to pay equity
Susie Proulx-Daigle (left), President of the New Brunswick Union, presented a cheque for $8,684 ($1 per member) to Wendy Robbins (left), Co-President of the 2013-2014 fundraising campaign of the NB Coalition for Pay Equity, 'Pay Equity: It’s only fair. Donate today!” The campaign has now reached $65,000. “The New Brunswick Union wants to show its solidarity to pay equity with this donation. I encourage all of you to support the Coalition as everyone’s help counts,” says Susie Proulx-Daigle. With the population’s help, Wendy Robbins is confident to reach the $90,000 goal.
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Retirees to receive full cost of living increase in 2014
The Government of New Brunswick has issued the following news release:
FREDERICTON (GNB) – Retirees who had been receiving pensions under the Public Service Superannuation Act will receive a cost-of-living increase in 2014 equal to 100 per cent of the inflation rate under the new shared risk plan.
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