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Instability in our health care leadership is the last thing Albertans need

April 4, 2022
EDMONTON

Instability in our health care leadership is the last thing Albertans need

Friends of Medicare deeply concerned that Dr. Yiu’s removal precedes the acceleration of the government’s privatization agenda

This morning, Alberta Health Services (AHS) announced the removal of Dr. Verna Yiu from her role as president and CEO. CTV News has since confirmed she was fired. There was a year left in Dr. Yiu’s contract, and the board did not offer any reason for her removal. 

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Continuing Care Act falls short

March 29, 2022
EDMONTON

Continuing Care Act Falls Short — Alberta Seniors Deserve Better

Bill 11: Continuing Care Act does nothing to improve the quality of continuing care in Alberta

The Continuing Care Act, tabled yesterday by the UCP government, is woefully lacking in any meaningful changes to improve Alberta’s continuing care system. The Bill follows the government’s Facility-Based Continuing Care Review, and consolidates 15 pieces of current legislation that oversee our continuing care system.

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Government continues attacks on AB health care workers

March 28, 2022
EDMONTON

Government continues attacks on AB health care workers 

Front-line Workers Deserve our Respect and Solidarity, not Wage Freezes and Rollbacks

Over the weekend, Albertans learned that AUPE General Support Services members received an insulting package of bargaining proposals, including four years of 0% wage increases, as well as a variety of rollbacks to their collective agreement.

Just weeks after the government boasted about balancing the budget at the expense of our public services, they are forging ahead with their short-sighted austerity agenda by undermining front-line staff in an already overstretched health care system. 

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Friends of Medicare Reaction to the Federal Confidence and Supply Agreement

Friends of Medicare Reaction to the Federal Confidence and Supply Agreement

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Government must stop ignoring drug poisoning crisis

March 15, 2022
EDMONTON

Government must stop ignoring drug poisoning crisis

An evidence-based approach that includes harm reduction is urgently needed to save lives in Alberta

Despite 2021 being Alberta's deadliest year yet for fatal drug poisoning, today’s post-budget government release on their model for addiction and mental health continues to ignore the vital importance of harm reduction.

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Health Care Workers Deserve Our Respect and Support, not Wage Rollbacks

March 14, 2022
EDMONTON

Health Care Workers Deserve Our Respect and Support, not Wage Rollbacks

The Alberta Government is seeking wage rollbacks as high as 10.93% in bargaining with the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)

Heading into the weekend, Albertans learned on Twitter of the UCP’s shameful bargaining proposal to cut the wages of frontline health care workers, with proposed rollbacks as high as 10.93%.

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Alberta seniors deserve better than to be treated as commodities

March 3, 2022
EDMONTON

Alberta seniors deserve better than to be treated as commodities

Seniors need better care, not recycled promises and further privatization

This afternoon, the Alberta government announced their latest expenditures in our continuing care system. Unsurprisingly, as per the recommendations made in the Facility-Based Continuing Care review, funding will be allocated to further privatize seniors’ care in Alberta.
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FOM's Response to Budget 2022

February 24, 2022
EDMONTON

Budget 2022 fails Albertans on health care; prioritizes private profits instead

Once again, the government is pushing privatization instead of investing in strengthening our public health care when we need it most

Further privatization in health care was the predictable theme of today’s provincial budget. A keystone item was the government following through on their stated plan to greatly expand private surgical services in Alberta, by accelerating the Alberta Surgical Initiative.

“The government’s budget was more of the same. It presents very little in terms of new plans for our health care, instead defaulting to the same old tired strategy of cuts and privatization. It was their plan all along, it was merely delayed as a result of the pandemic,’ said Chris Gallaway Executive Director of Friends of Medicare. “The UCP government’s unprecedented pursuit of privatization throughout this health care budget represents the abandonment of Albertans and our health care system when we need it most.”

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Throne Speech a missed opportunity to protect and strengthen public Medicare

February 22, 2022 4:12 PM

February 22, 2022
EDMONTON

Throne Speech a missed opportunity to protect and strengthen public Medicare

The UCP government’s agenda continues to prioritize privatization over Albertans’ health care needs

This afternoon the Alberta government tabled their Speech from the Throne. It promised disappointingly little in terms of protecting and improving Alberta’s public health care, and provided no indication as to how the government plans to repair the damage that their approach to COVID-19 has wreaked on our health care system. 

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Opinion: Alberta's public health care isn’t broken; it’s being dismantled

February 16, 2022 11:58 AM

Opinion: Alberta's public health care isn’t broken; it’s being dismantled

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