EDMONTON, AB (February 28, 2012): Premier Alison Redford has broken her promise to call a public judicial inquiry into physician intimidation, the Wildrose Caucus said today. Redford is on record as recently as last week stating that an inquiry into our health care system would have to include the bullying of our health professionals in response to a damning report released by the Health Quality Council of Alberta. In September, while running for PC leader, Redford was crystal clear that she wanted a “full blown probe” to investigate doctor intimidation.
She has stated for months that she would call a full judicial inquiry into Alberta’s health care system. “Today’s announcement is the biggest broken promise from Ms. Redford yet,” Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said. “She led Albertans to believe she would get to the bottom of this ongoing and deep-seated physician intimidation issue. She has broken her word and she will have to answer for it." The Wildrose has been calling for a full judicial inquiry for months that goes beyond allegations of queue jumping to include investigating physician intimidation and political interference in our health care system. “The quality and effectiveness of the health care system is one of the most important challenges our province faces, and it is a disservice to all Albertans to fail to investigate the issues raised in the HQCA report,” Smith said. Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said that today is a sad day for patients in Alberta, who rely on their doctors to advocate on their behalf. “There are literally hundreds of physicians in this province who feel that they cannot advocate on behalf of their patients because of bullying and intimidation and several others who wanted the protection of a full judicial inquiry to testify,” Forsyth said. “Ms. Redford has not only broken her promise, she has insulted all our health care professionals who work tirelessly and has lost the trust of Albertans.” The Wildrose Caucus stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.