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DON’T DECIDE THE FATE OF STE. ANNE’S HOSPITAL WITHOUT CONSULTING THE RESIDENT EXPERTS – THE STAFF!
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada reacts to Veterans Affairs Minister Thompson’s Announcement
Ottawa, September 29, 2009 – Following the official announcement from Veterans Affairs Canada Minister Greg Thompson confirming that talks are ongoing between the federal government and Québec government regarding the transfer of responsibility for Ste. Anne's Hospital, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is shocked by neither being kept informed nor included in the discussions.
“We represent 311 highly qualified professionals, who are completely dedicated to the well-being of our veterans, and we simply don’t understand why we are not considered stakeholders. The current employer, Veterans Affairs Canada, will have to decide the fate of its employees within the bounds of the collective agreement, and we have obtained no guarantees in this regard. We have been in similar situations in the past where we have been included in the discussions for the well-being of patients and employees”, said Hélène Rogers, Acting Institute President.
Furthermore, the Institute believes that it is the existing highly experienced and knowledgeable staff who are best positioned to facilitate the implementation of the significant changes which will impact our veterans.
The Institute calls upon the federal and Québec governments to involve it immediately in the consultation and decision-making process.
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents 57,000 professionals in the Canadian public sector.
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