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Escalating shortage of lab professionals threatens patient care

Health professional's group is sounding alarm bells in advance of National Medical Laboratory Week.

Lab technicianby the National Union of Public and General Employees

OTTAWA, April 10, 2008 — In the lead-up to National Medical Laboratory Week, Canada's largest organization of health science professionals is sounding alarm bells that accessible and high quality patient care is threatened by an escalating shortage of medical laboratory technologists across the country.

"Most governments are in denial about the escalating shortage of medical laboratory technologists," says Elisabeth Ballermann, co-chair of the Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS). "They need to wake up and take urgent action otherwise patient care in this country is going to be seriously compromised."

National Medical Laboratory Week is being celebrated April 13 — 19 across Canada�

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is a family of 11 component unions, which, when taken together, form one of the largest unions in Canada.

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  "Escalating shortage of lab professionals threatens patient care", NUPGE website, April 10, 2008

Posted: April 15, 2008

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