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Diagnostic lab service report raises further questions

Following the release of the Health Quality Council of Alberta’s report on diagnostic lab services in Alberta, there remain too many questions about whether or not the NDP government is using the best available evidence to provide a lab service delivery model for Edmonton and northern Alberta, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) report urges quick action in making a decision about diagnostic lab services. At the same time, the NDP government has sat on the report since January of this year, and instability has existed in Edmonton and northern Alberta for over a year about the future of lab services.

“The NDP government has left Albertans with more questions than answers after a year of uncertainty about the delivery of lab services in the province,” Wildrose Shadow Health Minister Drew Barnes said. “The Health Minister needs to move quickly on giving Albertans more clarity about what will be done before Dynalife’s contract expires in 2017, with the HQCA report failing to provide any certainty on what is the most cost effective model for Edmonton.”

The report made it clear little progress has been made since the Health Minister made a sudden move away from a previous 15-year contract signed by Alberta Health Services.

At the end of the day, Albertans are looking for quality, affordable lab diagnostic services, and for the NDP government to stop dragging their feet on this important issue,” Barnes said. “Albertans deserve better.”