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Swann said it’s also disappointing the NDP government, along with other provinces, chose to reject the federal government’s December offer of significant new money for home care and mental health, along with a 3.5 per cent annual increase to health transfers. Premiers want a bigger yearly hike to the health transfer, though New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador broke away from other provinces to strike side deals with Ottawa. “I just don’t get it. Why would we look a gift horse in the mouth and reject it?” said Swann. “It’s really unconscionable I think that these premiers are posturing around this stuff and not getting on with what is critically needed.”



The NDP government’s promised policy to reduce wait times for health procedures remains incomplete and under wraps more than a year after it was first proposed.…
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Julie Ali This junk has been going on for decades in Alberta and will continue because there is no accountability in the health care system.
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The only interesting part of this bit of spin by Sarah Hoffman is the response of Dr. Swann. I have never thought he would comment about the failures of the incompetent NDP but he has done so here.

He says it like it is. Sarah Hoffman and the other health ministers are playing political games while mentally ill citizens are dying. It is really unacceptable.

http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/wait-time-strategy-still-a-work-in-progress-says-alberta-health-minister#
Swann said it’s also disappointing the NDP government, along with other provinces, chose to reject the federal government’s December offer of significant new money for home care and mental health, along with a 3.5 per cent annual increase to health transfers.
Premiers want a bigger yearly hike to the health transfer, though New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador broke away from other provinces to strike side deals with Ottawa.
“I just don’t get it. Why would we look a gift horse in the mouth and reject it?” said Swann.
“It’s really unconscionable I think that these premiers are posturing around this stuff and not getting on with what is critically needed.”


Why doesn't Sarah Hoffman do her job? She has been in the job for long enough. She needs to ensure that there is timely access to services and supports. She needs to provide mental health beds and psychiatrists to families in crisis. Why do we have to go public and raise the public consciousness when this is the job of the health minister and the GOA? It's ridiculous.

Citizens need to complain politely to the health minister (without the disgusting pictures that I have noted on the Calgary Herald Facebook page that should be immediately taken down.). When there is no response from Alberta Health they should take to the newspapers. If the journalists won't yap about the problems then go to social media. Write on a blog. Write thousands of blog posts so that you get to the top of every search engine. And then yap until the end of time until the culture in government changes to one of service rather than arrogance, apathy and entitlement.We were tired of this junk with the PCs. And sure as hens make chicks we're not going to stay silent about this junk with the NDP.

Just look at the lack of progress since we hired the NDP folks. What has the health minister been doing? Sitting on  her rump? She should get off her rump and change the stasis in the system to give citizens the help they need.
http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/wait-time-strategy-still-a-work-in-progress-says-alberta-health-minister#
But Liberal Leader David Swann said he’s seen few signs of progress since the NDP took office in May of 2015, and the government’s reporting on wait times makes it difficult to put together an accurate picture of the long-term trends.
The most recent statistics posted to the government website, for the second quarter of 2016, show that 90 per cent of patients received hip replacement surgery in 37.7 weeks, knee replacement surgery in 45.9 weeks and coronary bypass surgery in 15.3 weeks.
Figures for the first quarter of 2015 show that 90 per cent of hip replacements were done within 36.9 weeks, knee replacements in 45 weeks and coronary bypasses within 19.7 weeks.
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Meanwhile the problems in the continuing care system continue like the Titanic capsizing. Why can't we have the 2,000 long term care beds in the public realm? If the NDP can waste billions of dollars on the payoffs to the power companies that were done for no damn reason other than the incompetence of the GOA then why not make the beds? Or is this a promise for the next provincial election?
http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/wait-time-strategy-still-a-work-in-progress-says-alberta-health-minister#

Meanwhile, Alberta Health Services’ first-quarter report for 2016 show there were 1,570 patients waiting in the community or acute and sub-acute hospital beds for continuing-care placement, up from 1,547 in the same period a year earlier.


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Instead of fixing the crisis in the continuing care system there is no change in the system just as there are no changes in the child welfare system. Meanwhile the mental health system shows no signs of improvement.

It is beginning to feel like the PC error all over again.


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One year on, health care wait time strategy still a work in progress, says Alberta health minister

Published on: January 3, 2017 | Last Updated: January 4, 2017 6:22 AM MST
Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman
Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman GREG SOUTHAM / EDMONTON JOURNAL
The NDP government’s promised policy to reduce wait times for health procedures remains incomplete and under wraps more than a year after it was first proposed.
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said in a recent interview that the government is making improvements to the health system but a comprehensive plan remains under development.
“Overall, the big-picture strategy is still a work in progress,” she said.
“Obviously it’s incredibly complex and it impacts all areas … all parts and facets of the health-care system.”
The NDP committed to implement a “wait-time measurement and wait-list management policy to address long wait times in the health-care system” in the health ministry business plan that accompanied the new government’s first budget in October 2015. Hoffman said at the time that the development process would be lengthy and there would be no “quick fix.”
Canadian Institute for Health Information data for 2015 released last spring showed Alberta falling short on meeting the benchmark of having 90 per cent of patients receiving care within a certain time period for procedures including hip replacement, knee replacement, hip fracture repair and cataract surgery. However, the province was at or near the Canadian average for all procedures except cataract surgery, where it was tied for second-worst jurisdiction in the country.
Hoffman said the government has succeeded in alleviating waits for general surgery, internal medicine and ear, nose and throat procedures as it works to develop its comprehensive plan.
Alberta Liberal leader David Swann
Alberta Liberal leader David Swann DAVID BLOOM / DAVID BLOOM
But Liberal Leader David Swann said he’s seen few signs of progress since the NDP took office in May of 2015, and the government’s reporting on wait times makes it difficult to put together an accurate picture of the long-term trends.
The most recent statistics posted to the government website, for the second quarter of 2016, show that 90 per cent of patients received hip replacement surgery in 37.7 weeks, knee replacement surgery in 45.9 weeks and coronary bypass surgery in 15.3 weeks.
Figures for the first quarter of 2015 show that 90 per cent of hip replacements were done within 36.9 weeks, knee replacements in 45 weeks and coronary bypasses within 19.7 weeks.
Meanwhile, Alberta Health Services’ first-quarter report for 2016 show there were 1,570 patients waiting in the community or acute and sub-acute hospital beds for continuing-care placement, up from 1,547 in the same period a year earlier.
Swann said to decrease health-care waits, the government must focus on ensuring best practices are being followed when procedures are performed and put resources into new continuing-care spaces, as well as home care, primary care and preventive medicine.
The NDP has ramped up spending for affordable housing — including seniors’ facilities — but the effect has yet to be felt, he said.
Swann said it’s also disappointing the NDP government, along with other provinces, chose to reject the federal government’s December offer of significant new money for home care and mental health, along with a 3.5 per cent annual increase to health transfers.
Premiers want a bigger yearly hike to the health transfer, though New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador broke away from other provinces to strike side deals with Ottawa.
“I just don’t get it. Why would we look a gift horse in the mouth and reject it?” said Swann.
“It’s really unconscionable I think that these premiers are posturing around this stuff and not getting on with what is critically needed.”
jwood@postmedia.com


Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said in a recent interview that the government is making improvements to the health system but a comprehensive plan remains under development.

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Julie Ali The wait times for surgery are not going to change any time soon. There will be continued problems with the mental health system as evidenced by the recent case we have heard about that I write about here: There will be no attempt by the NDP folks to change the culture of the GOA because they aren't interested in this matter. What they are interested in is re-election. However their poor performance to date in not only health care but in the child welfare system where the case of Serenity indicated that lack of transparency and no action is ongoing means that they can't even fix the problems that they yapped about with reference to the PCs. Meanwhile in the continuing care system the 2,000 long term care beds aren't happening. We have only had a few long term care beds in the private sector that were previously approved of by the useless PCs. The NDP are continuing the PC strategy of dumbing down the provision of continuing care services by increasing the number of supportive living facilities instead of long term care facilities. Most Albertans are oblivious to the failings of the GOA in terms of oversight of the continuing care system until they are forced to put their family members into these places when the deficits become clear and the families have to become the boots on the floor that the GOA is not. All this junk was ongoing with the PCs but the NDP told us change would happen. The only change that happened is that the NDP became the new PCs-the NDPCs. So I guess we're stuck until the next election where we hire new staff.
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Terry Mcaleese I don't normally remark on politics because it always bounces but..... I do not like this woman on multiple platforms....... But God bless alberta
Edwin James Ritchie and God Help Alberta
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Darryl Boyko For the people that believe that an ndp government is creating good for your province you would most likely believe that a colonoscopy would be better preformed by the janitor at a McDonald's restaurant
Claudia Jay Brestovansky Good one. Ha ha
Amy Stewart Bahahahahaha!!!
Dana Smith ya like they were when the conservative government was running the show. brainiac.
Darryl Boyko Excuse me Dana Smith
John Bott Looks like she knows an employee or two at McDonald's...
Darryl Boyko Dana should I ask the question on weather or not there was enforcement at the McDonald's drive thru... or are you just being anal retentive
Cliff Morham Darryl Boyko good one😂
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Devin Brooks WHY IS OUR HEALTH MINISTER MORBIDLY OBESE???????

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Cathy Murray Bet they have AHC premium payments in the works. ... that is why they are so slow getting this policy out... trying to figure out how much more taxation we will take!
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Sandra Amos It seems the only thing not a work in progress is the Carbon Tax.
David C. Hadley Looks like it is work in progress but the NDP is so anxious to get our money, they will work it out later.
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Sandy Wilson been waiting for 7 plus months for a cat scan unable to work, if you would get off your butttttt and actually do something would be something different for you.
Marie Aitken Blame the upper echelon of AHS! That's where the blame should be laid.
John Winia Just look at her
Devin Brooks Isn't she the upper echelon of as Marie Aitken??
Terry Mcaleese When I was hurt at work I was in an MRI within 48 hours..... The wcb have one
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Julie Ali Marie Aitken AHS is the tail wagging on the dog of Alberta Health. Why would we blame them when it is Alberta Health's responsibility to ensure that services/supports are being provided in a timely fashion?
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Julie Ali Terry Mcaleese I have always been curious about the fast streaming of the workers versus ordinary citizens. Why is it that workers get the fast stream and everyone else waits? Isn't this discriminatory or preferential treatment?
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Lise Ann Marie Lamoureux I can't wait till these imbeciles are voted out of office. Wonder what their 'approval' rate is now?... they're probably too scared to see.
Julie Ali There are still NDP faithful who believe these folks. They are unable to understand that the NDP isn't for workers --it is for the party and this party is the new PC party.
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Elaine Wiley Wait time strategy needs to be #1 priority! Waiting a year in excruciating agony for a hip replacement is not meeting the medical needs of patients.
Jenna Amanda Grant Apparently quality of life is not a priority for our "lovely" government.. I know this first hand. 

My heart goes out to all the other Albertans living with chronic pain due to crap wait times and idiotic health policies.
Brian Lalande But but it's free ......
Elaine Wiley Brian Lalande I think not! Every family should have to pay towards AHS! It's ludicrous to expect health care to be free.
Julie Ali Elaine Wiley We are already paying major bucks with our taxes. There needs to be cuts at AHS. Why are we paying for two health authorities? If we had Covenant Health removed we would not be paying for a second bureaucracy and executive tier that we do not need to pay for. Instead of doing the hard work of cuts and efficient use of tax dollars we have the NDP folks do what the PC folks did which is nothing.
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Matthew Peter Cant take anything they say seriously because none of them have a brain
Julie Ali I think they have a brain but the brain is working for the politician and not for the voters.
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Tim Cameron I read a good comment today that said "I wonder if Notley, Phillips and Hoffman were born condescending and obtuse, or did they hone those skills while working closely with each other. Lol. It certainly applies after Phillips comments yesterday about Alberta still standing, I would like to add detestable to the list of adjectives that describe her.
Ace Pointer I would think a health minister would want to be a lean mean and fit do you really think anybody thinks she's credible? What an embarrassment for Alberta🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡
Elaine Wiley I don't care if she weighs 600 lbs, as long as she does her job! So far I've seen no evidence of it!
Julie Ali Elaine Wiley She does the job of spin pretty good.
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Dawn Martin Unions and non profits are biting their nails now.... oh the promises to get elected. Oh, the promises that will be broken. Sad....
Julie Ali The unions and the NDP supporters are disappointed and there are cuts coming. Unless of course the NDP are able to make money out of a void.
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Tracy Chabun OMG that's hilarious!
Julie Ali This is disgusting and should be removed by the Calgary Herald.
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