Progress Alberta: Progress Report #202 (February 4, 2020)

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Progress Report #202
Your weekly update on Alberta politics for February 4, 2020

A review released by Alberta Health Services could open the door to big cuts and privatization in our health system.

The review, released yesterday, proposes a menu of options for reducing the provincial health budget, which include

At a total of nearly $2 billion, these cuts would amount to about 10% of the entire AHS budget–though it’s not accurate to say there are $2 billion of potential savings, as the recommendations vary in feasibility, are generally not free to implement, and may not all be followed by UCP Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

The United Nurses of Alberta have expressed serious concern and opposition to the report, urging Shandro not to use it as a cudgel in upcoming negotiations. But it’s unlikely that the UCP will hold back, given that privatizing the system and getting belligerent with union workers are two items already at the front of their agenda.


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Jim Storrie