News Stories of Interest, Monday, April 7, 2014

Good morning. It’s Mother’s Day Armenia, Genocide Memorial Day in Rwanda, Women’s Day in Mozambique and World Health Day everywhere. Plus, it’s election day in Quebec. Here in Alberta, there were a few news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

[ ]Senior abuse probe to stretch back three years

An investigation into abuse in seniors’ care homes in Alberta is set to look back three years to see if providers have followed through on recommendations. Health Minister Fred Horne ordered the system-wide review in March after three workers at a Calgary facility were charged with assaulting an elderly palliative care patient, but critics have been raising concerns for months over the rising number of confirmed abuse cases in facilities that fall under Protection of Persons in Care Act.

[ ]Legislature resumes sitting in distinctly strange times

The 28th sitting of the Alberta Legislature resumes today and MLAs will return to a vastly different political scene, with Premier pro tempore Dave Hancock at the helm and the governing party in the throes of a leadership race.

[ ]Will menu calorie counts make you healthier?

No one needs the frustration of picking the “healthy” option only to learn it had more calories than the burger and fries.

[ ]Measles cases grow; immunization urged

Alberta Health Services continues to urge Albertans to be immunized against measles as new cases continue to crop up.

[ ]Outright medical fraud should be treated according to law

A letter from Red Deep MD Paul Hardy, president of the Alberta Association of General Surgeons, urges the government of Alberta to aggressively go after cases of billing fraud by physicians.

I’ll be in meetings and out of town on business, so your daily summary won’t appear for a couple of days. DJC

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

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