After the PC leadership race last month and throughout the summer there were different ideas and new phrases that were shared with the public. One of the strangest words to come out of this political silly season is the idea of "bed-blockers."
Minister Mandel, when he coined the term, was trying to describe how folks needing long-term care were being warehoused in the emergency rooms, and how hospitals throughout the province were 'blocking' emergency patients and short-term intake from using those very same beds. This causes wait times and delays in surgeries due to the mishandled logistics of placing these patients within the healthcare system.
Personally, I find the term quite strange. First of all, it's calling the people in those beds the problem. They're not the problem. The reason that these acute care beds are filled is because we have not funded long term beds in Alberta. The long term policies have given rise to these systemic crises. Between the privatization of home and long-term care, the province's avoidance of fixing its broken fiscal structure and the lack of a long-term vision for long-term care, the problem is less with the people in the beds and more with the people who craft long-term policy of this government.
Mandel needs to answer questions about connections to tobacco lobbyist
EDMONTON, AB (October 23, 2014):Alberta Liberal candidate for Edmonton-Whitemud Dr. Donna Wilson says her opponent, and current health minister, Stephen Mandel should clear the air about his recent musings on exempting menthol cigarettes and his close connections to tobacco lobbyists.
During a recent meeting of provincial and territorial health ministers, Stephen Mandel surprised media by saying electronic cigarettes were “dangerous materials”, but then refused to answer allegations
that he is planning to exempt menthol cigarettes from a ban on all flavored tobacco products (Bill 206), which was passed last year but has yet to be proclaimed.
CALGARY, AB (October 25, 2014): Alberta Liberal candidate for Calgary-Elbow Susan Wright confirms her campaign has been approached by members of the Alberta Party seeking to make a backroom by-election deal.
“There was talk that they wanted to cut a deal to get us out of the race," says Wright. "The direct message we received on Twitter from Alberta Party campaign team member Marc Doll certainly lends credence to rumours they wanted to get me to drop out. It's very disappointing to see this sort of behaviour from a senior member of a party that speaks so piously about doing politics differently."