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  • The Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

    QEII cancels surgeries because of sterilization issue

    Zane Woodford 0

    The QEII Health Sciences Centre is cancelling surgeries that were supposed to happen Monday because of a sterilization issue, but the hopsital says any urgent or emergency surgeries will go ahead, using sterilized equipment from other facilites. The Nova Scotia Health Authority says it will be performing surgeries at a “reduced capacity,” and it expects

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  • Province passes healthcare legislation

    The Canadian Press 0

    The Nova Scotia legislature has passed amendments to a bill that will reduce the number of health authorities in the province from 10 to two. The Health Authorities Act takes effect Wednesday. The new law also includes changes to the way health workers are represented in labour negotiations. Four councils will now negotiate collective agreements

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  • Premier Stephen McNeil and Health Minister Leo Glavine enter the media room at One Government Place, Halifax, NS, on March 13, 2015.

    Province, healthcare unions reach deal

    The Canadian Press 1

    HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government has reached a deal with public-sector unions on the representation of health workers in collective bargaining with the province, ending a months-long impasse. The four unions affected say they will continue to represent their current members, but will bargain collective agreements jointly as four Councils of Unions. Premier Stephen

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  • PC MLA and health critic, Chris d'Entremont

    Health critic blames “mishandling” for nurse retirements

    Hillary Windsor 2

    Hospitals in Halifax are about to see a massive increase in nurse retirements over the next few months. Capital Health’s Bruce English told Metro News many nurses already retired this year, taking advantage of a “double-bump,” which, he said, is when their pension fund would be based on their 2013 salary. But Progressive-Conservative health critic,

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  • The Halifax Infirmary

    Health authority’s first meeting on ER capacity focuses on bed availability

    Hillary Windsor 0

    The health authority’s first conference on the overcrowding issues at the Halifax Infirmary’s emergency department focuses on a handful of solutions to the growing problem, but it still doesn’t seem like a full resolve for the concerning lack of capacity. Some solutions to the growing capacity issues include procedure review, quickly matching patients with beds

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  • The Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

    ER overcrowding to be discussed at meeting this morning

    Hillary Windsor 1

    In an effort to combat the serious overcrowding issues at the province’s largest emergency department, the Deputy Minister of Health and Wellness has called together a meeting with the health authority. Peter Vaughan told the Sheldon MacLeod Show he’s meeting with E.R. managers at 8 a.m. to discuss the challenges of getting patients in and

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  • Health minister Leo Glavine -- flanked by Rollie King, Pat Lee and Janet Knox -- responds to arbitrator James Dorsey's decision on his controversial health care merger bill in this Jan. 19, 2015 photo.

    NS says it’s working to reduce ER wait times

    Zane Woodford 0

    A steady parade of patients is clogging up the province’s largest emergency room, but the government says it’s working to fix the problem at the QEII. Health minister Leo Glavine says there are systemic problems with the system at the QEII, but it’s been a rough winter for ERs across the province. “I’m not saying

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  • Former Health and Wellness Minister and current NDP leader, Maureen MacDonald.

    Former health minister says Liberals need to make patient care top priority

    Hillary Windsor 3

    Former health minister and current NDP leader, Maureen MacDonald, told the Sheldon MacLeod show the waitlist issue at Nova Scotia’s largest emergency department is a problem that’s only getting worse. “And we know that the Department of Health have been so focused on picking fights with the health care workers that patient care hasn’t been

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  • Dr. Howard Njoo and Dr. Robert Strang talk about Nova Scotia's plan for the event of a possible case of Ebola.

    Province tests Ebola preparedness

    Zane Woodford 0

    Nova Scotia tested its ability to handle a possible case of Ebola Wednesday morning, testing its protocols and guidelines in an exercise. And chief public health officer Dr. Robert Strang says the province is well-prepared to handle a possible case of Ebola. “From my perspective, I think it’s confirmed that we actually have a robust

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  • Health minister Leo Glavine -- flanked by Rollie King, Pat Lee and Janet Knox -- responds to arbitrator James Dorsey's decision on his controversial health care merger bill in this Jan. 19, 2015 photo.

    NS Health Minister dismisses fired arbitrator’s belated ruling

    Hillary Windsor 8

    Tensions are rising after arbitrator James Dorsey handed the province’s largest union the Clerical bargaining unit days after he’d been fired from his position. Nova Scotia Health Minister, Leo Glavine, told Global News Dorsey has no authority to be making any more decisions surrounding the controversial Health Authorities Act. “Dorsey is finished,” he said. “We

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