Is a Promise Made a Promise Kept?
EDMONTON - The PC government’s response to the Health Quality Council of Alberta’s (HQCA) review of health care issues did not go far enough in addressing the issues Albertans have with health care in this province.
Although the response outlined a number of initiatives aimed at addressing the concerns brought up in the review, it ignored the central problem – the lack of a judicial inquiry into physician intimidation and a plan to deal with the clear evidence of political interference.
“The government acknowledges that physicians receive little education or support on how they can advocate for patients,” says Alberta Party Leader Glenn Taylor. “But that is akin to blaming the victim and doesn’t deal with the fact that they felt intimidated when they tried to help.”
Both the preliminary report and the final report indicated that physicians were feeling threatened and intimidated, and the HQC said there was clear evidence of political interference. For these reasons alone, the premier needs to fulfill her promise of a full judicial inquiry.
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