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Alberta’s physician registrations saw worst 2nd quarter since 2016

The province saw a year-over-year increase of only 0.2%. In 2016, it was 4.56%

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Could privatization of Alberta lab services lead to fewer worker benefits?

Last month, I wrote a news story regarding the Alberta government awarding the contract of lab testing services to a private company after lobbying from a firm the company had hired. Last week, I received collective bargaining agreements between the private company, DynaLIFE, and the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, as well as between HSAA […]

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AHS closing cancer, acute care, palliative care beds, as well as ERs

This marks two months of repeated closures in multiple communities, primarily in rural Alberta.

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UCP plan to freeze health & education spending for 2 years

Even though population is increasing at 1.2% a year, inflation is increasing at 1.6% a year, and more health and education facilities will be opening up over the next two year.

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AHS closed emergency department 13 times in Northern Alberta community

The emergency department lacked on-site physician coverage for over 200 hours this month.

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Lethbridge lost 25 physician registrations at the start of the pandemic

In the last two quarters, Alberta’s 3rd largest city lost another 17.

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Liberals & Conservatives vote against NDP motion for low-income dental care

Voting in favour of the motion were all NDP MPs, 10 LIberals, 1 Conservative, 1 Green, and 1 independent.

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18 drug deaths in Lethbridge during first 4 months of 2021

Lethbridge has seen 32 drug-related deaths since the supervised consumption site closed last summer. EMS responses are also up over 2020.

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Alberta continuing care residents rate their quality of life

They gave top marks for security and safety, relationships with staff, and their own autonomy. The gave bottom marks for meals, access to internet and technology, and recreational opportunities.

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What the Toronto Sun got wrong about kids & COVID-19

Last month, Anthony Furey of the Toronto Sun published a story with a headline that read, “Fewer Canadian kids hospitalized with COVID than previously thought”.