Blog entries tagged with healthcare
This week allegations of influence peddling by MLAs who were getting priority access for friends and family to health care services were brought to light. Stephen Duckett, formerly of health superboard infamy, mentioned in a speech that this behaviour had been a concern for him when he was chief administrator- enough of a concern that he issued a memo on it.
Many are asking this question. And it's an important question, as it relates to the degree of democracy in Alberta; whistleblowers take serious personal and career risks when they raise matters of public interest, and they need protection, as previous Parkland Institute research has pointed out...
Yesterday a government power point presentation titled Alberta's Health Legislation: Moving Forward was leaked to the press and public. The 27 page document clearly advocates policies that would shrink and undermine the public health system, a direction that is consistent with this government's track record and which the public has consistently and repeatedly rejected....
So, the axe has finally fallen and Stephen Duckett has been fired. As the dust settles, Raj Sherman sits as an independent and premier Stelmach says he is tired of the theatre. But a look behind the headlines shows us that it has all been theatre.
Doctor and now-former Conservative MLA Raj Sherman is just the latest person to receive the Alberta Smackdown for speaking out on an important issue.
Throwing their hat into the ring, Alberta's newly minted Wildrose Alliance Party finally launched its health care platform. Wild Rose's leader Danielle Smith is rolling out an agenda to dramatically expand private delivery. Carefully crafted rhetoric like "increasing choice" and "European model" are used to shroud the fact that Smith is talking about privatization, and taking Alberta toward a U.S.- style, corporate health system.