News Stories of Interest: March 15, 2016

Today is March 15. In the Roman calendar, March 15 was known as the Ides of March, which is now closely associated as the day Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, was stabbed to death by Roman senators in 44 BC.

Here is a summary of news stories that United Nurses of Alberta members may find of interest:

Sundre Bed Closures Show Lack of Commitment to Care and Community

Friends of Medicare are calling on Alberta Health Services to consult with and respect the wishes of the people of Sundre and the long-term care residents in the Sundre hospital.

With clock ticking, Alberta Health Services outlines plan for physician-assisted death

With less than three months to go until physician-assisted death becomes legal in Canada, Alberta Health Services is explaining for the first time exactly how doctors might end someone’s life when the Supreme Court decision comes into full effect in June, Paula Simons writes in her Postmedia column.

Safe injection sites have potential to save lives, says Jane Philpott

Toronto’s medical officer of health is calling on Canada’s largest city to move one step closer to opening three safe drug-injection sites. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said last week that supervised injection sites are among a number of strategies the government has put forward to cope with drug abuse and overdose deaths.

Alberta Health reviewing Rural Physician Action Plan

Alberta Health is reviewing a program designed to recruit doctors to rural Alberta and keep them there.The review will explore whether there are redundancies in the Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP), established in 1991, and ensure "an alignment with Alberta’s rural health system needs and outcomes," according to a letter from deputy minister Carl Amrhein.

Report gives diagnosis of poor health in Canadian prisons

At least half of Canada’s 40,000 prison inmates report enduring abuse as children – just one of a catalogue of maladies affecting inmates detailed in a new study that assembles the country’s first comprehensive portrait of prisoner health.

David Cournoyer
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