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Throne Speech Signals Less Health Care for Albertans

Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare, made the following statement today following the Alberta government's Throne Speech:

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Bullying of Visitors in Care Facilities Must Stop

Yesterday Albertans wore pink to stand up against bullying, but today's story released by Public Interest Alberta about visitors being banned from seeing loved ones in care facilities revealed some serious examples of how much work there is left to do

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No one is minding the store when it comes to private medical facilities in Alberta

The documents released yesterday by the Alberta Federation of Labour further highlight the Alberta government's failure to protect and expand our public health care system.

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Seniors Challenge Minister Horne to Stick to the Facts, Horne's Response To Seniors Raises More Questions

Edmonton - Minister Fred Horne's response issued today to the seniors and advocacy groups who comprise the Seniors' task force of Public Interest Alberta is a series of vague and disingenuous claims.

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Friends of Medicare Supports Seniors Occupying Health Minister's Office to Challenge Cut to Seniors Drug Plan

Friends of Medicare joined seniors to occupy Health Minister Fred Horne's office today to protest cuts to Alberta's seniors drug plan. The action was led by Public Interest Alberta's Seniors' Task Force, of which Friends of Medicare is a member.

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New Health Advocate Must Address Systemic Issues

Friends of Medicare would like to extend a welcome to Mary A. Marshall who was appointed to a 6 month term as the Interim Health Advocate.

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Government Move to Privatize Lab Services Ignores Evidence

Alberta Health Services released a Request for Proposals (RFP) today for laboratory services in the Edmonton Zone. The RFP follows an AHS announcement made in September that it would be consolidating nearly all of Edmonton's lab services into a single facility which will be run by a single for-profit corporation.

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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

November 15, 2013 12:00 PM

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

October 31, 2013 12:00 PM

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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