"Today, I issue a warning for Albertans. If the Conservative government proceeds with cuts to health care, don't get sick. Don't get old. Don't be born prematurely. Don't expect to get the health care you need and deserve." — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President
"The question no longer is can we afford a universal prescription drug program, it's can we afford not to?" — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
"We fear the government is doing what governments so often do when an election looms - trying to create a media buzz by repackaging old news to make it sound fresh." — Elisabeth Ballermann, President of Health Sciences Association of Alberta
Report from the Ontario Health Coalition finds that the province's home care system is in disarray and unable to keep up.
“Has the Ontario government made a policy decision behind-the-scenes to close birthing and women’s health services in small and even medium-sized towns everywhere?”, asked Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition.
"Prentice has not learned from Alberta’s history. He is content to continue to shift the tax burden from corporations and “the one per cent” to regular Albertans, while ravaging the services on which we rely." — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President
Anonymous Twitter account in Alberta warns residents of lengthy wait times for ambulance services. Union representing Alberta paramedics and EMTs worries that provincial cuts will make problem worse.
"The real solution to sick leave is having adequate staffing levels and the appropriate number of acute-care and long-term care beds and emergency-service resources, but we see no mention of that from AHS." — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President.
When the health care system doesn't have the resources it needs to serve the province, the ramification can be costly.
The Nova Scotia Nursing Strategy is being updated to ensure enough experienced nurses are retained across the province for the needs of the residents.