EDMONTON, AB (February 24, 2012): Premier Alison Redford and Health Minister Fred Horne need to bear the blame for the bullying of doctors in our province and apologize to Albertans for implying physician intimidation is a simple workplace issue, Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said today.
In the Health Quality Council report released earlier this week over half the doctors surveyed in the province (51%) said they felt limited when trying to advocate for their patients. The report goes on to say that, “several respondents commented on ‘bureaucratic and political interference,’” when trying to advocate on behalf of their patients. Despite the honest testimony of hundreds of doctors to physician intimidation in this report, Redford insisted back in November that these types of complaints are mere “workplace issues.” Horne echoed the Premier a week later saying that the, “allegations of physician intimidation has become quite tiresome to this government.” “This damning report makes it clear that because of years of political mismanagement by the same members of the current government doctors no longer feel safe to advocate for their patients,” Forsyth said. “This government has run out of second chances and owes an explanation to doctors and the Albertans who for several months have been screaming for their attention.” The Wildrose Caucus stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.