PHSA’s goal is to minimize disruption to individuals who are currently working within the corrections health care setting and wish to continue to do so, while ensuring appropriate staffing and also complying with existing health sector collective bargaining rights and agreements and processes established under the BC Labour Relations Code.
PHSA recognizes that the staff members currently providing the service are dedicated individuals with significant experience in this difficult, complicated area of health care. All Chiron staff members are encouraged to apply for the new positions that PHSA is creating in this field. It is expected that additional positions will be created in many parts of the province and recruitment of additional staff will be required.
While these positions will be new to the public health sector, PHSA is committed to working with the relevant health sector bargaining associations to ensure that the transition will be as smooth and stress-free as possible. PHSA will be engaging each bargaining association on a variety of topics, including priority hiring and access to new positions, service recognition, benefits, etc.
The end result of this transition of corrections health care services from the current model of private, contracted services to integration within the public health sector will be improved continuity of care for inmates, and stable, public sector jobs integrated within the broader health care system for employees.