Monday, February 27, 2017

I recently received through FOIP 264 pages of minutes from Continuing Care Meetings for the period May 2015 to August 2016. It is of interest to note the conspicuous absence of the Health Minister and the AHS CEO from these meetings. Further, there is no mention of Long-Term Care problems in these meetings. It is obvious that these meetings provide little more than an outlet for AHS and anything in regards to long-term care is like rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic. Personally it is my belief that these meetings provide a coffee break opportunity and an excuse to get out of the office. Dr. Edward Redshaw-------Julie Ali It is amazing how much time AHS staff spend trying to yap through problems. The real solutions are better oversight, stiff penalties and yes, appropriate supports and services which may require better more intelligent planning. You can provide more money but without good procedures and sufficient right staffing, all of this is simply throwing money away. AHS and Alberta Health need to audit professionally rather than in a format that is not standardized or even organized. There needs to be a systematic way of going through the work done by facilities and then there needs to be public reporting. Don't care if this is a problem for the government; other provinces like Ontario can do it -why not Alberta? It is troubling that we are so behind in transparency. As for accountability? Without public knowledge of problems in continuing care there will be no accountability but the usual advertisements of the GOA.#GOASPIN.---

This is my most recent letter to the Premier. The situation in Long-Term Care is bad. I would like you all to put on a diaper and sit for hours in it after you have defecated and/or urinated in it.
Try it and then you will understand what my family is experiencing. The Health Minister and the CEO Dr. Verna Yiu of AHS have no conscience. They are a disgrace to humanity.
Dear Honourable Premier:
Re: "We're not out of the woods yet, far from it,", Ceci says.
Honourable Ceci says "Operating expenses in the health ministry are
forecast to be $284 million more than budgeted, due partly to growth
in the number of physicians".
I do believe that in light of the past actions of the Health Minister
and Alberta Health Services in providing extreme preferential
treatment to physicians (acute care) that the word "partly" in the
foregoing should more accurately read "primarily".
This would be in keeping with the fact that acute care in Alberta is
funded 35% more that the national average while continuing care is
funded 21% less than the national average. This could even be worse
now.
Based on my personal observations the quality of care provided by
overworked, overwhelmed care workers in long-term care facilities is
on the decline. This is primarily the result of your funding system
currently in place.
Sadly, the Health Minister and Alberta Health Services has
conscienceless cut this to the bone. It is obvious that with the now
established "Level System" human souls entering the Long-Term Care
Level are regarded as a disposable liability.
Even though your government will definitely be replaced in the next
election you have, unfortunately, set in place a system that will be
continued by Alberta Health Services into the next government.
I recently received through FOIP 264 pages of minutes from Continuing
Care Meetings for the period May 2015 to August 2016. It is of
interest to note the conspicuous absence of the Health Minister and
the AHS CEO from these meetings. Further, there is no mention of
Long-Term Care problems in these meetings. It is obvious that these
meetings provide little more than an outlet for AHS and anything in
regards to long-term care is like rearranging chairs on the deck of
the Titanic. Personally it is my belief that these meetings provide a
coffee break opportunity and an excuse to get out of the office.
This communication, like all those preceding it, will be just an
exercise in frustration in communication attempts with your
government. You and your Health Minister and AHS will blindly ignore
the current disastrous Long-Term Care situation and carry on happily
with your other vote buying projects.
Dr. Edward S. Redshaw.
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Julie Ali
 It is amazing how much time AHS staff spend trying to yap through problems. The real solutions are better oversight, stiff penalties and yes, appropriate supports and services which may require better more intelligent planning. You can provide more money but without good procedures and sufficient right staffing, all of this is simply throwing money away. AHS and Alberta Health need to audit professionally rather than in a format that is not standardized or even organized. There needs to be a systematic way of going through the work done by facilities and then there needs to be public reporting. Don't care if this is a problem for the government; other provinces like Ontario can do it -why not Alberta? It is troubling that we are so behind in transparency. As for accountability? Without public knowledge of problems in continuing care there will be no accountability but the usual advertisements of the GOA.#GOASPIN.
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