Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

February 07, 2014 12:04 ET

Cuts to Labratory Technologists in Liverpool will have direct impact on services - CUPE

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 7, 2014) - The union representing Labratory Technologists at Queen's General Hospital (QGH) in Liverpool says a reduction of two full-time lab positions will definitely have an impact on services there.

CUPE Local 1933 President Dianne Frittenburg says, "We have been told that the cuts will happen in mid to late-March.

"In addition, 80 to 90% of the lab services currently being done at Queen's General Hospital will be transferred to South Shore Regional in Bridgewater. This is 30 minutes away - and that's in good weather."

Frittenburg says the cuts in service will leave only three Lab Techs at QGH, one on the day shift and one on the evening shift to carry out all of the remaining workload plus an additional person for back-fill.

Frittenburg says there are a number of other concerns that are raised by the cuts:

  • Increased workload will inevitably lead to more sick leave
  • Not all staff are trained to run the specialized equipment at the QGH Lab
  • The potential for delays in getting important lab test results to the Queen's General doctors (Liverpool has only one taxi service)

Frittenburg points out that the province has also approved so-called 'point of care' lab testing for several hospitals and Queen's General is one of those hospitals.

She asks, "Will this not lead to further reductions in Lab Tech services for Queen's General Hospital down the road, when the Registered Nurses start to perform those tests?"

"Why are we building this beautiful new facility and decreasing services? It just makes no sense to me," says Frittenburg.

Contact Information

  • Dianne Frittenburg
    President, CUPE Local 1933
    (902) 521-7781 (m)

    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Rep.
    (902) 880-8057 (m)