A disturbing moment for our province.

A majority of UCP members vote in favor of breaching the Canada Health Act by introducing a full Americanized healthcare system in AB.

Of course, it isn't surprising given Kenney & UCP's record speaking about public healthcare. #ableg
It begins 20 years ago w/ Jason Kenney pledging to "encourage the provinces to develop their own policing mechanism for the Canada Health Act. In addition, it would not unilaterally punish provinces that expand private health care."

theglobeandmail.com/news/national/… #ableg
In 2018, Kenney says nurses & surgeons in the public system are lazy & entitled compared to fully private Cambie clinic:

"They do the procedure, they shut it down, they turn off the light, they scrub it, they go on a coffee break & they come back"

pressprogress.ca/shameful-and-d… #ableg
MLA @MirandaRosinAB literally called for a two-tiered system while campaigning for election:

"I think we need to look at two-tiered system, so that we can get those who have worked hard for their money out of the system if they would like to.”

rmotoday.com/local-news/can… #ableg
At the 2019 UCP AGM, a vast majority of their members voted against a motion that simply called for any reforms to Alberta's healthcare system to be in compliance with the Canada Health Act.

thestar.com/calgary/2019/1… #ableg
The sentiment's echoed in the UCP's Fair Deal Panel's report (pg. 41, Recommendation 19) which suggests the federal gov't's ability to enforce the core principles of the Canada Health Act stifles “innovation & creativity in health care delivery.”

open.alberta.ca/dataset/d8933f… #ableg
And w/ Tyler Shandro, w/ Kenney's blessing, moving at lightning speed on multiple fronts to undermine our public healthcare system & enable sweetheart privatization deals w/ UCP donors & insiders, Albertans have good cause to be concerned about the future of care in AB. #ableg

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18 Oct
Wishing a happy Healthcare Aide Day to all of the HCAs who've been on the frontlines caring for Albertans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you for all your hard work & sacrifice under often difficult circumstances to protect & support the health of so many. #ableg Image
And as the UCP moves to cut 11,000 healthcare jobs as part of a drive for more privatization, it's important to recognize the impact that direction has had on HCAs, particularly in private long-term/continuing care. #ableg
Many privatized facilities only offer low wages & part-time hours, forcing HCAs to work multiple jobs at different sites to make a living.

That's a good part of why they have a much poorer record of protecting their residents against COVID-19.

policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/july… #ableg
Read 6 tweets
17 Oct
Strong piece from @shmitzysays on Kenney's cowardice & deceit re: health care cuts:

"It’s one thing to push austerity & privatization if you believe they'll work for [Albertans], but if that was the case, these guys would stand like grownups & answer questions about it." #ableg
"Seriously. If everything [Kenney & the UCP] implement is so damn good for the collective, why are they afraid of answering questions about it? Why do they feel the need to handpick the media they speak to?"

medicinehatnews.com/commentary/opi… #ableg
"They do it because the only thing that would be worse for the UCP than looking like cowards would be Albertans realizing that their government has absolutely no interest in what’s best for them."

medicinehatnews.com/commentary/opi… #ableg
Read 4 tweets
5 Sep
Another devastating blow to rural access to health services thanks to the toxicity & uncertainty caused by @shandro & @jkenney.

5 of 8 doctors at Sundre's celebrated Moose & Squirrel Clinic gave notice yesterday they'll be leaving Alberta after April 2021. #ableg
.@VMWarrenMD & @RobWarrenMD founded M&S in 2013, recognized & celebrated as a leader in rural medicine. Over 7 yrs they recruited 6 more docs & inspired & trained dozens more to practice in rural areas.

Jason Kenney & UCP are destroying that work

rhpap.ca/news-events/ma… #ableg
Doctors leaving incl. Anthony Willmott @ItsDaniDiz1 @markdizzle @alanna_bowie & @CreweCarly - all recruited by the Warrens to serve Sundre & surrounding communities.

That's years of effort & investment in their community being intentionally wiped out by the UCP. #ableg
Read 22 tweets
30 Jul
As doctors across AB have responded to months of attacks from @shandro & UCP w/ notice of withdrawing from hospital service, he's tried to minimize concerns, claiming there'd be no loss of services as AHS would maintain full coverage.

Today those claims are proved hollow. #ableg
Despite being given 3 months notice from doctors in Pincher Creek, AHS was only able to cover two weeks of shifts at the local hospital w/ no guarantees for ER coverage, surgeries or obstetrics.

In other words, @shandro & AHS utterly failed to fill the gap. #ableg
Mayor Don Anderberg & Council reached out to their local doctors to ask them, for the sake of the community, to cover for the failure of @shandro & AHS by delaying their withdrawal of services for 90 days.

Out of compassion & concern for the community, the doctors agreed. #ableg
Read 10 tweets
21 Jul
After months of chaos, attacks & smear campaigns from Minister & his staff, AB doctors are voting on whether any trust is left. Can't really blame them.

@shandro's our 1st Min of Health to utterly (or perhaps intentionally) fail to negotiate an agreement w/ physicians. #ableg
This puts me in mind somewhat of Jeff Johnston's war with @albertateachers as he attempted to "transform" education in Alberta back in 2014.

It didn't end well for him. But the parallels are clear...

edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new… #ableg
Any of this sound familiar?

Re: Johnson's plans for wholesale transformation:

"What’s needed isn’t change for the sake of change, or change for the sake of advancing a certain fashionable...ideology.

We need a system based on proven best practices." #ableg
Read 8 tweets
18 Jul
A heartbreaking letter from a Chestermere family MD on why she's ending practice in AB:

"I can't in good conscience accept the changes the current AB gov't is enforcing [or] that patients I care deeply about will be denied healthcare in the future if this trend continues" #ableg
I moved from South Africa...where my freedom to practice
good medicine was untenable...a system of private healthcare that saw only the fortunate few able to access care...I never thought I would be seeing this disparity of
income-based healthcare pushed in this country." #ableg
"I have moved continents to be here. I was recruited to Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, but willingly came to Canada, the birthplace of Medicare, because I believed in a system of healthcare that serves everyone equally." #ableg
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