“We’re proud to be fixing some of the problems at the Misericordia that were ignored for far too long by the previous government."
From: Edward Redshaw <
Date: Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 12:44 PM
Subject: Long-Term Care in Palliative Care state
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Dear Health Minister..
Health Minister, today your smiling face adorned Page A3 of the Edmonton Journal. Your latest photo opportunity was the announcement of Misericordia funding. You stated "We're are proud to be fixing some of the problems at the Misericordia that were ignored for far too long by the previous government"
Of course you are smiling, you are spending tax payer dollars on another vote buying attempt.
If you had any conscience or empathy for our voiceless, vulnerable seniors in Long-Term Care your media announcement would read "We're are proud to be fixing some of the problems with Long-Term Care funding that were ignored for far too long by the previous government and especially myself and this government".
But of course these voiceless, vulnerable souls are just dollars in your liabilities column and discardable and disposable.
The sad thing is that you inherited this legacy from the previous government and you have no hesitation in passing it on to the next government replacing you in two years.
You will be remembered as the perfect example of an oxymoron: NDP Health Minister and Long-Term Quality Care in the same sentence.
you are running low on time to rectify this disgrace.
Dr. Edward S. Redshaw. Ph.D.
EDMONTON JOURNAL. April 4, 2017
Long-term care disgracefully underfunded
I am in total agreement with Kay Mason’s statement regarding the exceptional care at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
Exceptional care is the objective of most frontline caregivers in the system. However, our future health care system is not in very capable hands.
The health minister and Alberta Health Services (AHS) apparently are assigning a dollar value to our need for care as we age.
As we age, the system moves us through various levels with the objective of keeping us in our home as long as possible with minimum cost. Our final destination, other than palliative care, is long-term care.
In these facilities, basic costs are paid by the government and AHS. The funding to these facilities is disgraceful. Unavoidable overhead consistently exceeds funding. Short-staffed care workers are overwhelmed, overworked and trying to provide quality care under very difficult conditions.
I have family in one of these facilities who experience the consequences of this deteriorating care. The government and AHS are treating these voiceless and vulnerable souls as a discardable, disposable liability. It’s disgraceful and deserves public outrage.
Edward S. Redshaw. Edmonton.