APRIL 14, 2012 (Calgary, AB): Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith today announced a Wildrose government would expand the scope of the judicial health inquiry to include allegations of doctor intimidation and queue jumping ignored by Alison Redford and the PC government. “To ensure better health care moving forward, we have to make sure the mistakes of the past are not repeated. At one point, Alison Redford said she agreed, promising a full public health care inquiry,” said Smith. “Albertans all know what happened next.
The Premier didn’t just break her promise, she shattered it.” Despite their initial bravado, the Redford PCs reneged on their commitment, instead opting for a diluted investigation that ignored numerous credible claims of government officials and politicians bullying concerned doctors into silence and well-connected political insiders receiving preferential access to health care. “Instead of a comprehensive judicial inquiry to get to the bottom of these very concerning allegations, the Redford PCs unveiled, as one columnist aptly put it, a ‘Seinfeldian health inquiry about nothing at all.’ This is completely unacceptable. It’s a failure of leadership, it’s an insult to health professionals, and it’s a betrayal of Albertans,” Smith said. “We will do what the Redford PCs have refused to do - launch a full-scale inquiry into all the allegations raised by the Health Quality Council report. Under a Wildrose government, patients - not politicians, not bureaucrats - will always come first,” she added. Expanding the scope of the health inquiry is the next step in Wildrose’s plan to improve health care. Last week, the party announced a Patient Wait Time Guarantee to ensure access to ten critical health procedures within the wait time benchmarks set by the Canadian Wait Time Alliance of medical professionals.