On Tuesday June 23, CSMLS hosted an Open Forum for medical laboratory professionals in Alberta. It was an opportunity to discuss the challenges currently facing the lab community in the province of Alberta. The forum was a place to discuss the issues we are facing given the current landscape and work collectively on strategies to address them.
CTV Edmonton covered the event and interviewed CSMLS CEO, Christine Nielsen and Director, AB, NWT and NU, Joël Rivero. The story ran on the nightly news. You can watch the clip here
(story begins at the 2:40 mark).
Continuing the advocacy activities in Edmonton, Christine and Joël co-hosted a press conference on Wednesday June 24. During the conference, CSMLS appealed to the provincial government to improve medical laboratory services throughout the province. They addressed the concerns our Alberta members have been raising over the rapidly expanding gaps in medical laboratory testing . The recent cancellation of a $595 million laboratory investment has only compounded the issues. Joël called on the Alberta government to work with stakeholders in finding a solution to increase efficiency in testing delivery and infrastructure.
Several media outlets have picked up the story including: CBC
, Edmonton Journal