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So to recap the past 10 days in Alberta as a physician or patient ...

#AbLeg #ABdocs4patients
We started with a change in social media presence for Alberta Health ... used to be a source of great public health information
It turned into a propaganda channel against your Alberta physicians (stay tuned ... imagine the nurses are next)
See the before and after shots:
Then negotiations broke down between the @Albertadoctors and @shandro…
@Albertadoctors @shandro Then the campaign at Alberta Health stepped up (and was tweeted and retweeted by the minister, his assistant, and his "issues manager")
@Albertadoctors @shandro And then we had a press conference on Thursday...
Contract broken (with the power of Bill 21)
Unilateral changes made to how Alberta physicians are paid for their work…
@Albertadoctors @shandro In the 72 hours that have passed since then, lots has happened...
@Albertadoctors @shandro For me:
- waded through the changes to realize I may not be able to keep my clinic open without altering patient care
- realizing there are many numbers withheld in the changes (my in hospital work, my malpractice insurance) so I cannot even plan for change
@Albertadoctors @shandro What I hear from colleagues:
- despair from those hardest hit (family MDs)
- uncertainty from other ObGyns
- frustration from residents/new grads who hoped to contribute to healthcare in AB but now looking elsewhere
- anger from friends who lived through the Klein years
@Albertadoctors @shandro This all makes me dejected.
I am a born and bred Albertan. I went to ON and NS to train and returned to bring my skills to serve Albertans. I am now demonized for this.
I am very worried for healthcare in the province I love.
@Albertadoctors @shandro So here I sit on a Saturday night, torn.
Do I look to another province or country to bring my skills?
Do I stay and fight for the patients, who honestly make it all worth while?
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