A lot of people have been complaining about how AB shouldn't be "at capacity" yet. I don't know who needs to hear this, but we were at capacity BEFORE Covid. Our health service has been gutted for years. Started with Klein, continues on and on. /1 #AbLeg #abpoli #abhealth
Nursing and other support services were decimated with Klein. Hospitals were closed, no increased spending on programming was done to an effective level. Each govt after that did not spend enough money to build the system with population growth. /2 #AbLeg #abpoli #abhealth
The NDP tried to spend some money on Lab services, and a new hospital in Edmonton. It was a good start, but not nearly enough for the population increases that AB was seeing. And if you look at the rural picture, it's even bleaker. /3 #AbLeg #abpoli #abhealth
There are many stories of delayed care for patients that need services in the cities. They sit in rural hospitals which are understaffed at the best of times and hope that they will be getting the golden ticket to a Tertiary centre for higher level of care. /4 #abhealth #AbLeg
And remember this is pre-Covid that patients were many times unlikely to get beds in a city hospital. The accessibility of care in a northern rural hospital is challenging every time and it seems like people are just finding out about this. /5 #AbLeg #abpoli #abhealth
If we are serious about fixing the system post-covid (if that ever becomes a thing) we need to stop complaining about health spending to increase accessibility to rural areas. There will be another pandemic; it will happen. We need to start trying to fix /6 #AbLeg #abpoli
the system now, even in the midst of intense Covid burnout. Call your MLA and find out what accessibility you have in the rural setting to health services. Push for more spending to your areas for the citizens. Become knowledgeable about the reality of health in AB. /7 #AbLeg
The more people that are educated about how the system works, the more people we can have to support healthcare which can in turn support other industries as well. If our healthcare picture was a surprise to you this week, it's time to open your eyes. /Fin #AbLeg #abpoli
As a side note, this doesn’t support any kind of two tiered health system. We need to be spending and beefing up the public system. Accessibility means for all. #abpoli #abhealth

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After arguing with a family member over what a cohort is, I felt the need to rehash what a cohort should be in Covid times. Cohort means one other family. One. You should not be going out with friends to dinner. #AbLeg #abhealth #abpoli /1
You should not technically be attending religious services if we are to take this Covid second wave seriously. Cohort means ONE other family that also sees no one else but your family. Their only contact is YOUR family. That’s what makes a cohort. #AbLeg #abpoli #abhealth /2
This thing is already hectic in the hospitals and in HCWs of all kinds, with staffing, covering for isolations and trying not to get Covid yourself. Saying that your extended family is your “cohort” without them also agreeing to limit their contact with others doesn’t work. /3
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