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Bonus payout gobbled up by health executives, despite promises from Horne: Forsyth

EDMONTON, AB (December 4, 2013): Despite Health Minister Fred Horne insisting in June several health executives were ready to turn aside performance bonuses, only one senior health executive out of nearly one hundred rejected the outrageous payouts,  Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said today.

 In June, Horne turfed the AHS board claiming the tipping point was when the board refused to give senior health executives the option to return their portion of the over $3 million rolled out in bonuses. Today, in a Public Accounts committee hearing, senior members of Alberta Health Services confirmed all executives but one kept their bonus pay. “The Health Minister first led the public to believe these executives would not be getting bonus pay, and then told Albertans several would be returning the money,” Forsyth said. “It turns out neither were true, and it’s time for the Health Minister to explain to Albertans why they have to once again put up with this waste.” In Question Period, Forsyth also asked how many executives had given Horne a commitment they would return their performance bonuses.  Horne failed to give an answer. “It seems like the Health Minister gravely overestimated the charity of these executives,” Forsyth said. “This money should have gone to the front lines and patients who are left suffering long wait times and not into the pockets of these executives.”