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AHS fails to target waste, once again hits the front lines

EDMONTON, AB (February 8, 2012): Clogging up acute care bed space by shutting down transition beds for seniors waiting for long-term nursing care is another example of the Redford government’s complete inability to make prudent cuts to spending, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

The transition unit at the Royal Alexandra will be closed by the end of February by AHS.  The transition unit was designed to free up acute care beds and was heralded by former Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky as bringing “amazing” results to reducing wait times. “There are layers of bureaucracy and upper middle management clogging up our healthcare budget, but AHS’ first instinct is to begin cuts at the front lines,” Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said.  “This is looking like just another broken promise from a Premier who promised no service cuts to Albertans in the last election.” The Wildrose believes in decentralizing the AHS superboard for more efficient and effective health care delivery and freeing up acute care beds by getting seniors into proper care situations. “By clogging up more acute care beds, this government is actually increasing the costs on our health care system,” Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle said.  “This is just another misguided cut by AHS that will save little to no money and directly impacts patient care.”