News Stories of Interest, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Good morning. It’s Ninoy Aquino Day in the Philippines, honouring the life of Senator Benigno Aquino, the People Power Revolution leader who was assassinated in 1986. Yesterday, which I apologize for missing, was World Mosquito Day, a tradition of the London School of Tropical Medicine marking the discover of the connection between the flying insects and malaria. Here in Alberta, there weren’t many stories of interest to UNA members and staff, even including yesterday’s offerings:

PR firm’s report on AHS image sparks controversy

A $16,000 report on the image and reputation of Alberta Health Services shows the provincial health organization is more worried about media coverage than health care, NDP critic David Eggen said yesterday after releasing a FOIPed copy of the internal Hill & Knowlton Strategies report prepared for AHS on June 3, 2013. Here’s Postmedia’s take on the AHS spin machine.

Health care controversy misses the mark in Tory leadership race

It’s hard to believe that the most controversial policy to hit the leadership trail so far is whether to appoint a board of directors to govern Alberta Health Services, writes a PC strategist in a Calgary Herald blog. Governance isn’t the problem, says Susan Elliott, arguing that access to family physicians and bed-blocking chronically ill patients are.

Two recovered U.S. Ebola patients discharged from hospital

Two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital. The news comes as South Africa said it was banning travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from entering the country amid growing Ebola fears.

Concussion protocols advised for amateur sport

A group of major Canadian health-care associations is calling on amateur sporting organizations across the country to put in place formal policies for players who suffer hits to the head – something a survey revealed is sorely lacking among local clubs and teams.

For Harper, even public health is partisan: Globe columnist

Warning young people about the dangers of smoking pot should be about as controversial as telling them to brush their teeth. The same goes for recommending that adults consume no more sugar than they can bench-press. Health officials are right to point out the pitfalls of both. This is Canada, in 2014, however, where the Harper government’s insistence on putting its political stamp on policies that were previously left to independent agencies or experts in the bureaucracy means that even its public service announcements are suspect.

How a national drug plan can boost the economy

The federal government’s plan appears to be to allow drug companies to increase drug costs further by permitting the extension of patents via a trade agreement with Europe. The presumption is that the Canadian pharmaceutical sector will thrive again, and more jobs for Canadians will be created. This goes against all the evidence.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)
www.una.ab.ca

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