LifeLines: Capital Health focused on Strike Preparation - April 23, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 4:16pm

  • Talks continue today between NSGEU Local 42 and Capital Health.
    • There is a media blackout so we are unable to provide any details at this time.
    • Until such a time as there is an agreement, Local 42 is still in a legal position to strike as of Wednesday, April 25, at 12:01 a.m.
  • Today the organization officially sets aside regular work to focus on preparing for a likely strike.
    • “Helpers” are being assigned to roles today and tomorrow.
    • Helper orientation sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Bethune Ballroom, VG Site
    • If you are a helper, please attend only one session. Each session is two hours.
  • At 1:30 p.m. today, Capital Health hosted a media briefing with President & CEO Chris Power.
  • Patients are being advised 48 hours in advance of their appointment/surgery postponements
    • This will continue until further notice.
  • For Clinical Areas  - communicable diseases – maintain a high index of suspicion
  • Our ability to detect outbreaks will be impacted in the event of a strike
  • Your role:
    • Implement health protection measures at once based on high pretest probability of a notifiable disease
    • e.g. If someone has diarrhea, and it looks suspicious enough for E. coli, report it to Public Health – do not wait for lab confirmation – and exclude them from work immediately, especially if they work in a high-risk setting.
    • Public Health phone number: (902) 481-5800