Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann and Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan have released the following joint statement on Mental Health week:
“We are lending our voices to Mental Health Awareness Week with thousands of Albertans in the “Get Loud” campaign. “Getting Loud” means normalizing Mental Health and addiction issues. We should deal with these issues as we would any other medical condition. Stigma around Mental Health impairs people’s ability to openly and honestly talk about these issues. It also hampers them seeking needed treatment and solutions.
Albertans around the province are working to end stigma. We are fighting for better Mental Health policies. That includes new emphasis on peer support and counseling for mental distress and addictions.
The NDP Government spends less than 5% of Alberta’s Health budget on Mental Health. Alberta Liberals believe more should be done. We believe addressing long waitlists for children and youth is a priority.
Investing in preventative medicine like mental health will not only help Albertans but save our health care system and society money in the long run as well.
“Get Loud” for ourselves, our families, and our friends.
Alberta Liberals are calling for a more transparent and open system of informing Albertans about licensed physician misconduct:
Swann stated, “Albertans deserve safe and trustworthy health care from their doctors.”
“I am pleased that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta is examining the issue of public disclosure of malpractice or poor practice. A more transparent and open public posting process of physician misconduct must be established to allow their patients and all Albertans to assess quality of care.”
Criminal convictions are not currently displayed on Alberta Profiles of physicians.
Several Alberta licensed physicians faced disciplinary action in other jurisdictions, but their misconduct record wasn’t publicly posted by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. This must be reviewed.
Records for disciplinary actions against physicians that occurred in Alberta, no matter how severe, are scrubbed after 5 years but are kept public indefinitely in Ontario and New Brunswick.
Alberta Liberal MLA Dr. David Swann has issued the following release calling on the Government to increased access to community health dentistry services for low income and vulnerable Albertans:
Dr. Swann says the NDP Government didn’t go far enough to give Albertan’s adequate access to dental care when it changed the dental fee guide in November.
Dr. Swann stated, “Some dentists are using the new fee schedule but many are not. This has been at best just a baby step but needy Albertans must have giant strides to receive adequate dental care.
“Essential dental care is not elective. The fee adjustments should have been made mandatory at a minimum.”