|Blog David J. Climenhaga | The only way the UCP's stubborn persistence with this policy really makes sense is if it sets the stage for something else, to wit, privatization of the provincial ambulance service.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | There are circumstances when acts of defiance are absolutely necessary, said Wood Buffalo Mayor Don Scott in Fort McMurray. "I challenge the provincial government to remove me."|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Health Services is rationing the use of medical oxygen supplies in three major Calgary hospitals -- Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre and Rockyview General Hospital.|
|Blog David Climenhaga | Only three categories of close contacts will now be notified by provincial health officials: health-care workers, children (whose parents will be informed) and people in communal facilities.|
United Conservative Party government staffers to take pay cut as Alberta's health-care services plunged into chaosDavid J. Climenhaga | The cuts will hit political staff working for the government of Alberta, including press secretaries, chiefs of staff, junior policy advisors and other staffers in the premier's office.
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | The fiscal benefit of the cuts will be negligible, if not negative.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | The UCP's promise to not layoff health-care professionals until after the pandemic is probably not going to keep those workers from thinking about moving to other jurisdictions.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Harsh words about Alberta's UCP by local elected officials in the party's rural heartland are extremely unusual. A fight over how to keep local doctors has sparked some in Pincher Creek.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Health Services revealed yesterday it will soon pull the plug on contracts with three of the province's largest diagnostic image providers.|
|Blog David J. Climenhaga | It is all but certain the UCP will close some or all of Alberta's safe drug consumption clinics. Meanwhile, officials say chances are still low of contracting COVID-19.|
Ernst & Young review of Alberta Health Services gives UCP cover to do lots, flexibility to do littleDavid J. Climenhaga | The consultant's report released yesterday by the Alberta government could be a harbinger of a privatization binge, or it could just turn out to be an expensive press release.
Here's a bet: Alberta Health Services review announced yesterday will cost more than any savings it findsDavid J. Climenhaga | The respected Canadian Institute of Health Information says Alberta Health Services has the lowest administrative costs in health care in Canada.
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