A new initiative to hopefully address what is being called an urgent need for lab staff in the Interior Health region is sparking uproar from trained lab assistants.
New job postings for a lab phlebotomist, whose primary role is to draw blood, only require a Grade 10 education and a year of relevant experience.
The job description, however, is similar to a lab assistant role, which requires up to a year of post-secondary education.
In an email to Global News, an Interior Health lab assistant said the new postings make their education feel obsolete.
“This is a major public safety concern and a kick in the teeth to the front line lab assistants who have been working so hard to now just be undermined by Interior Health,” wrote an Interior Health lab assistant, who Global News has provided anonymity to protect their employment.