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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

(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"

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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FOM Travels to Ontario to Take a Stand for Canadian Medicare

Friends of Medicare will travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake 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.
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Government Must Choose Public Good Over Ideology for Home Care Delivery

Friends of Medicare would like to extend our support to Home Care workers who delivered letters to Health Minister Horne and Premier Redford outlining their concerns around the changes being made to Home Care delivery in Alberta.

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Take Action on For-Profit Blood Plasma Clinics

Last week, Friends of Medicare signed on to an open letter calling on Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq to consult with Canadians on the contentious issue of whether Health Canada should approve for-profit, paid-donation blood plasma clinics to operate. After the tainted blood scandals of the 1980s, and the recommendations to not accept paid donor blood and plasma that followed, we're concerned that the Minister is rushing to approve these clinics based on a business interest, not the best interests of Canadians. You can read the letter here to find out more about the potential risks to this change in policy and to see who else has signed on to the letter: http://www.canadiandoctorsformedicare.ca/an-open-letter-to-health-minister-leona-aglukkaq.html

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Firing of the AHS Board - an abrupt ending to a costly experiment

June 12, 2013 12:00 PM

With the firing of the AHS Board, "the question that Albertans should be asking is why the Premier and the Minister of Health do not read the employment contracts that are offered to Executives before hiring them?.  They are the ones that are ultimately responsible for the decisions that are being made regarding the use of our public health dollars," indicates Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare.

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New Home Care Contracts will see Cuts into Direct Patient Care Services

June 11, 2013 12:00 PM

In December 2012, Albertans receiving home care services saw their services cut by 15 minutes.  Friends of Medicare has now learned that as a result of the changes being made in home care, a further 10 minutes of services will be taken off direct patient care time.

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