EDMONTON, AB (August 23, 2012): AHS officials who bullied and intimidated a journalist for reporting on mould discovered in the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre points to an ongoing culture of bullying and intimidation in our healthcare system, Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said today.
The mould discovered in the hospital posed no significant health risk, but despite this AHS officials kept this information hidden from patients and the public. One senior AHS official in Lethbridge went as far as asking to view the reporter’s story before it went out to print. “It’s outrageous that AHS officials think it is appropriate to try and block important information for Albertans concerned about mould problems in their own hospitals,” Forsyth said. “Health Minister Fred Horne and AHS need to start showing that the health system is accountable to Albertans instead of allowing the government to carry on with its bullying tactics.” Forsyth said that this latest instance shows why the issue of intimidation must be tacked on to the current health inquiry. “Right now we have a do nothing inquiry that will let the culture of bullying and intimidation go unchecked with this government sitting idle at the switch,” Forsyth said. “Albertans need to have the confidence in their health system restored and not torn down with ongoing stories of AHS bullying.”