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Will Alberta health mega-board create uncertainty among providers?

Impact on health care to be monitored in coming months.

HSAA President Elisabeth Ballermanby the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, on the National Union of Public and General Employees website

EDMONTON, May 16, 2008 — The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) says it will watch closely over the coming months to ensure that the province's plan to create a new "super health board" will not compromise the high quality of health care Albertans have come to expect.

"It remains to be seen whether the minister's objective of freeing up resources to improve direct patient care has any impact," says HSAA president Elisabeth Ballermann.

"The people who are losing their health board jobs won't be able to go to the bedside, the community or to ambulatory care clinics. The number one problem in health care is the shortage of health professionals, and it is unclear how this reorganization will put more of them into the system," Ballermann notes. . .

As part of its mandate, NUPGE conducts research and analysis into national standards for health and social programs.

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  Impact of super health board in Alberta is unclear, says HSAA, posted on NUPGE.ca website May 16, 2008

Posted: May 22, 2008

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