EDMONTON, AB (March 13, 2012): Without a public inquiry into doctor intimidation, the testimony from physicians like Dr. Peter Rodd and many others will go unheard and patients will continue to suffer, Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said today. Dr. Rodd – a psychiatrist – worked with forensic patients at the Alberta Hospital Edmonton, and was often pressured by Alberta Health Services officials to discharge patients who, in his medical opinion, were not ready to be released into the community.
In Question Period, Forsyth pressed Redford asking about the negative impact of her broken promise into a judicial inquiry and its impact on our health care system. “Given that Dr. Rodd came forward today and confirmed what the Health Quality Council has already said – that patient advocacy in Alberta has been compromised by political interference in the system – what more proof do you need?” Earlier today Dr. Rodd gave his statement on his experiences of intimidation. Audio of his comments can be found here. The Wildrose Caucus stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.