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Who's in charge of Health Care on PEI

(Posted July 28, 2011


The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees charges that neither Health PEI nor the Minister of Health is assuming responsibility for frontline health care workers and patients on Prince Edward Island. “We’ve had reservations from the beginning that the creation of Health PEI was not a good idea,” says President Shelley Ward of PEI UPSE.

Ward says that “the Minister of Health, Carolyn Bertram, has refused a request to meet with the union on two separate occasions to discuss the concerns of frontline health care workers on Prince Edward Island. Our members are worried about the ongoing staff shortage affecting LPNs and RCWs, occupational health and safety issues regarding working alone, and the antiquated methods used by the province to measure staff /patient ratios.”

The President of PEI’s largest union says she would like to discuss these issues with Minister Bertram, however, the Minister refuses to communicate. “You know you have a problem when duly elected representatives refuse to sit down and discuss matters that affect the health and well being of all Islanders. There is a serious lack of leadership and accountability demonstrated via Health PEI and the Minister of Health.  Minister Bertram simply deflects responsibility to Health PEI which in turn has a closed door strategy.  Where does this leave our members and the public?  This is no way to run the health care system in PEI, a system that all Islanders need, value and support.”

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Please contact Mark Barrett at 892-5335 (or toll-free at 1-800- 897-8773) to arrange an interview.