For nigh on 20 years, health care workers in Alberta and much of the rest of Canada have been subjected to a massive cost-cutting experiment at the hands of their health system employers that is almost entirely unsupported by evidence.
To clarify, there’s plenty of evidence. It's just that most of it shows the experiment doesn't work, and has potentially dire consequences for patients and health care workers alike.
Strangely, though, the lack of evidence doesn't seem to matter to health care decision-makers, or to have restrained their constantly reassuring claims that all they're doing is coming up with ways to deliver better care for less money. As a taxpayer and citizen, when you hear these promises, you have a right to be skeptical.