Twelve Alberta health authority boards rolled into one
Appointed, unaccountable board addresses neither wait times nor workloads.
May 15, 2008 — Health Minister Ron Liepert announced today that the Conservative Government plans to merge the provinces nine regional health authority boards with the Alberta Mental Health Board, Alberta Cancer Board and Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC), creating a super authority responsible for every aspect of medical care in the province.
"This is absolutely the wrong direction for our province to be moving in," said Canadian Union of Public Employees Alberta Division President D'Arcy Lanovaz. "This is a big province, and response times are challenging enough with the existing boards."
"Merging into one super authority will create catastrophic bottlenecks for Albertans when they're at their most vulnerable.". . .
The Canadian Union of Public Employees represents 570,000 workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines.
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Alberta health mega-board won't work: CUPE, posted on CUPE.ca May 15, 2008
Posted: May 22, 2008
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