Lab services townhall

Just one week away!

With the UCP’s decision to quash the public laboratory hub project in Alberta, we are facing uncertainty about the future of our medical lab services. After years of government neglect of our public laboratories, Albertans were finally on their way to expanding and improving our public lab system. But even before being sworn in, this new government halted the development of this project and eventually cancelled it altogether. They failed to present Albertans with clarity as to how they would move forward in this area. Past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior – but in the case of this new government, we don’t have to look in the past, just look at their election health platform to understand that privatization of this essential part of our public health will be the preferred route.

For years many Albertans, including front-line workers in laboratory services and pathologists, have opposed the privatization of laboratory services. Private, for-profit contracts remove the ability for the public to provide ongoing input to improve the system, and they minimize public oversight over the quality of our laboratory services. Albertans need to be presented with an honest and transparent business case that will provide the basis for an informed decision. We will not accept attempts to privatize our health care based on political gimmicks.

Join us for an important conversation about how the cancellation of the public laboratory hub impacts the health care of each and every Albertan.

Will you join us?

WHEN: August 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm

WHERE: Central Lions Recreation Centre, 11113 113 St, Edmonton

WHY: We need a system that puts patients before profits

For more information visit: Friends of Medicare website here…

With presentations from:

Ross Sutherland is registered nurse and has held several roles in Ontario’s health care system, including in the Hotel Dieu Hospital emergency department, in home care, at the Street Health Center community health center, and as a Clinical Instructor in the Queen’s University Nursing School. He is the author of books including, False Positive: Private Profit in Canada’s Medical Laboratories. Sutherland is currently a Councillor for South Frontenac Township, and is the Co-chair of the Kingston Health Coalition, and Chair of the Ontario Health Coalition.

Dr Cheryl Mather is a pathologist working at the University of Alberta Hospital as a contractor for Alberta Public Laboratories. She is trained in general and molecular pathology and is the Clinical Lead of the Molecular Pathology Laboratory, which tests tissue samples for specific mutations that can guide diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Dr. Mather is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, where she trains medical students, laboratory technologists, and medical residents. Dr. Mather has a strong interest in health economics and patient-centered care.

Trudy Thompson is the Vice President of Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), which represents over 26,000 health care professionals, including approximately 6,000 lab workers across the province. She is a 40-year lab technologist in the Alberta system, and is currently the Chair of Friends of Medicare.

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