EDMONTON, AB (November 26, 2012): It’s time for Health Minister Fred Horne to stop publicly shaming Alberta doctors over the airwaves and start showing some respect and be honest with them over the latest contract imposed by his out-of-touch PC government, Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said today.
Horne and the government have recently paid for radio and newspaper ads across the province to boast about the recent imposed contract as a massive salary increase. However, a recent open letter penned on behalf of the Alberta Association of General Surgeons, states that the government is “muddying the waters” on the imposed settlement. “This Health Minister is busy wasting thousands of dollars on radio ads trying to mislead Albertans about the contract imposed with our physicians,” Forsyth said. “This is about respect, being honest with Albertans and putting an end to playing games with our health care system.” Many physicians have advocated for more participation, respect and input in the health care system. The former AMA president Dr. Linda Slocombe said that the tentative contract offer put forward before the election failed to, “address the issues around engagement of physicians within decision making.” “This government seems more interested in continuing its culture of intimidation with our physicians than including them as partners in providing health care in our province,” Forsyth said. “These talks aren’t just about the money; they’re about respecting the doctors that hold our entire health system together.”