News Stories of Interest, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

It’s the Word Day for Social Justice. Here in Alberta, there were a few news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

[ ]Internal government memo raises ‘serious concerns’ about private clinic

An internal Alberta Health memo shows ministry staff were raising “serious concerns” about potential violations of provincial laws by a controversial private Edmonton health care clinic eight months after it opened. The Copeman Healthcare Clinic opened in the Glenora area in May 2012, offering private medical and preventive health services to patients who shell out more than $3,000 annually.

[ ]Quebec nurses propose 24-hour clinics without doctors

Quebec’s federation of nurses’ unions is proposing 24-hour clinics without doctors to help alleviate the strain on hospitals. Federation spokesman and executive committee member Roberto Bomba says the Quebec health care system is broken, and having clinics exclusively staffed by nurses and other health care professionals 24 hours a day would help enormously.

[ ]Slave Lake physician shortage continues to worry residents

People in Slave Lake say the quality of their health care has suffered since half the full-time doctors in town resigned in November. Nobody from Alberta Health Services or the Alberta government bothered to attend a meeting of 200 concerned town residents.

[ ]Little recourse for visitors banned from long-term care centres

Albertans who believe they have been unjustly barred from visiting loved ones at care facilities can face years of appeals that end with a toothless recommendation from Alberta’s Ombudsman. Ultimately, only facility managers have the power to let them back in. Bill Moore-Kilgannon of Public Interest Alberta says the existing system is “absolutely unacceptable.

[ ]Measles case in central Alberta sparks alert

Following confirmation of a case of measles in a resident, and subsequent identification of two additional probable cases of measles, both in Central Zone residents, Alberta Health Services is advising the public of potential exposures to measles disease in multiple central Alberta locations.

[ ]Premier’s travel expenses exposed in detail

The details of Premier Alison Redford’s controversially expensive South Africa trip have now been revealed by a Sun News Network freedom of information request, the chain reports.

[ ]Quebec ‘right-to-die’ bill could die on order paper

Quebec Liberals have blocked the passage of Quebec’s end-of-life legislation, Bill 52. If the bill is not passed today, it could die on the order paper because of the 4 p.m. ET tabling of the budget.

[ ]Province’s P3 model for schools called a mess

A study undertaken for the Redford government indicates that Alberta’s plan to build 50 new schools is “a mess” and the schools won’t be built on time — if they are built at all, says the Alberta Federation of Labour.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)

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