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Hale demands accountability for rash relocation decision

EDMONTON, AB (April 10, 2013): Today, Wildrose MLA for Strathmore-Brooks Jason Hale released the following statement in response to reports that Alberta Health Services will close the long-term care wing at Strathmore Hospital and its patients will move to Sagewood Seniors Community:

 “It is with disappointment I heard of this sudden and alarming decision made by Alberta Health Services to forcibly relocate long term care patients at the Strathmore Hospital. In typical PC government fashion, the Minister of Health has blindsided families and patients and has made this rash decision with no consultation or consideration of the people it will affect. “This decision will undoubtedly throw the lives of patients and their loved ones into uncertainty and chaos. Further, it will force long-term care patients into a facility intended for lower levels of care. As AHS bureaucrats keep collecting their bonuses and increasing their operating budgets, they continue to make cold, secretive decisions that undermine the quality of care vulnerable Albertans receive. “I will continue to seek answers from the government on this decision and to hold the Health Minister to account.”