Saturday, April 8, 2017

Edmonton Journal April 6 at 8:00pm · NDP MLA Sandra Jansen introduces bill that would create advocate for people with disabilities----Julie Ali This is pretty much a placebo office much like the Health Advocates office in my opinion. These offices are expensive, do not have any power to enforce their recommendations and provide the screen between the government and the people that allows the whitewashing of problems. Most of the work of the health advocates appears to be mapping problems and guiding patients through the system; this work could be done by AHS itself so why are we paying for GPS for the health system? If the government wants to pretend it cares sure-go ahead and make another placebo office but we're not going to believe this junk until these offices actually are independent of Alberta Health and can enforce their decisions. Right now for example the Protection for Persons in Care Office (PPIC) reports to the Minister of Health and in my opinion this means that there is no independence. It's a pretty neat set up that we pay for and all these offices including the newly minted Seniors Advocate are simply pointless exercises in covering the exposed behinds of government and public agencies when problems enter the public realm. It may be that citizens will wake up to the set up and fire this crew that has not done anything to change the set up of the Tories with even an independent appeal process at AHS. Such a poor performance and yet we are supposed to applaud this junk?----

NDP MLA Sandra Jansen introduces bill that would create advocate for people with disabilities
Alberta will soon have an advocate for people with disabilities, if a private member's bill tabled in the legislature Thursday is approved.
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Julie Ali This is pretty much a placebo office much like the Health Advocates office in my opinion. These offices are expensive, do not have any power to enforce their recommendations and provide the screen between the government and the people that allows the whitewashing of problems. Most of the work of the health advocates appears to be mapping problems and guiding patients through the system; this work could be done by AHS itself so why are we paying for GPS for the health system? If the government wants to pretend it cares sure-go ahead and make another placebo office but we're not going to believe this junk until these offices actually are independent of Alberta Health and can enforce their decisions. Right now for example the Protection for Persons in Care Office (PPIC) reports to the Minister of Health and in my opinion this means that there is no independence. It's a pretty neat set up that we pay for and all these offices including the newly minted Seniors Advocate are simply pointless exercises in covering the exposed behinds of government and public agencies when problems enter the public realm. It may be that citizens will wake up to the set up and fire this crew that has not done anything to change the set up of the Tories with even an independent appeal process at AHS. Such a poor performance and yet we are supposed to applaud this junk?
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