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Advocates Challenge Minister for Statements on Seniors Care

Public Interest Alberta and Friends of Medicare have released a video of former Associate Minister of Seniors George VanderBurg responding to concerns raised about seniors care at a forum in Whitecourt on November 13th, 2013.

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AHS Plan to Cut Nursing Positions Decreases Alberta''s Health Care Capacity

Friends of Medicare is appalled by a document released by Alberta's NDP today showing that Alberta Health Services (AHS) plans to cut 200 full-time nursing positions in Alberta.

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Government Urged to Implement Public Seniors Pharmacare

Member organizations of Public Interest Alberta’s Seniors Task Force released a new position paper that challenges the Alberta government to rethink its proposed seniors’ drug plan strategy.

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Corporations Bidding for AHS Labs Contract Raise Concerns

Friends of Medicare has learned that three multinational corporations have been mentioned to provide laboratory services for AHS in the Edmonton Zone. The three corporations short-listed in the Request for Proposals (RFP) are Laboratory Corp of America Holdings, Quest Diagnostic Inc., and CML Health Care, which recently received $1.22 billion friendly takeover offer from LifeLabs Medical.

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Changes to Home Care Continue to Negatively Impact Seniors and Vulnerable Albertans

Friends of Medicare  has learned  that Revera Inc., one of the 13 contracted agencies will be giving up ½ of their newly awarded  Home Care contract, as they are not able to provide the staffing necessary to service Home Care recepients  in  the Southwest area of Edmonton.

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Statement from Friends of Medicare on Story at St. Therese Villa

Friends of Medicare Executive Director Sandra Azocar released the following statement today regarding the story at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge:

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Seniors Living in Appalling Conditions at St. Therese Villa - Covenant Health Facility

Friends of Medicare has learned that last Sunday, a dementia and disabled resident of the Lethbridge St. Therese Villa Designated Assisted Living facility - a Covenant Health facility - was discovered by a staff member with mice nibbling at her face.

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FOM Travels to Ontario to Take a Stand for Canadian Medicare

 
Friends of Medicare traveled to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, on July 24th and 25th to join the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC) and other allies for a summit to call for the Harper government to renew the federal health accord expiring this year.
(L-R) Adrienne Selnicki, Health Care Campaigner for the Council of Canadians, Joel French, Office Manager for Friends of Medicare, and Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare.
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New poll carries stark warning to Harper: Four in ten Canadians willing to change their vote if there is no national plan for the future of health care

July 24, 2013 12:00 PM

(NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON) - Canadians are clear in their desire that Prime Minister Stephen Harper call a First Ministers meeting to discuss the future of health care. Many of them are also prepared to change their party support if the federal party they currently support fails to present a plan for the future of health care. This according to the results of a survey conducted on behalf of the Canadian Health Coalition by Nanos Research.

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72 Licensed Practical Nurses and Health Care Aides to be Laid Off under the Misnomer of "Workforce Transformation"

July 15, 2013 12:00 PM

Friends of Medicare has learned that starting today, 72 Licenced Practical Nurses and Health Care Aides working at the University of Alberta Hospital will be receiving their layoff notices as part of AHS `workforce transformation' scheme. "In an already over-stretched system, this attempt to save money by moving staff around units and hospitals can only be seen as nonsensical," states Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare. "These front-line staff will be displaced and given the hope that they will find employment elsewhere in the system. This re-organization, transformation, whatever name one wants to give it, can only serve to cause havoc in our health care system," adds Azocar.

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