PEI

Lab technologists overworked

There are renewed calls for the province to come up with a long term plan for training more medical laboratory technologists.

There are renewed calls for the province to come up with a long term plan for training more medical laboratory technologists.

Tammy Chaisson is the local president of the union representing the technologists. She says the provincial government stopped paying for seats for Island students at a school in Nova Scotia several years ago. Chaisson says that has in turn caused a shortage of lab techs on P.E.I.

"We find that workload is increasing and now we're to the point that we have no casuals whatsoever. It makes it very difficult for the staff to get time off. And sometimes we can get time off but it may be our 5th, 6th, 7th choice. Also we're running into technologists having to work double shifts, coming back on vacations, coming back on their days off having been called into work. The whole profession is certainly getting stressed."

Chaisson says a number of technologists will retire over the next five years. She says their union wants government to bring back the program to pay for training of Island technologists before a crisis situation occurs.