Red Deerians gather to share concerns about health care system and ways to fix it

About 140 Red Deerians who wanted to share ideas to help fix Alberta’s health care system attended a public engagement session on Thursday led by Alberta Health.

Participants were divided into groups to talk about problems with health care, offer ideas, as well as learn about the province’s plan to streamline Alberta Health Services and create different organizations to oversee acute care, primary care, continuing care, and mental health and addictions.

A participant, who spoke to the Advocate following the session, was concerned that public health was left out of the government’s new multi-organization plan.

“Public health is more than COVID and immunization. Decreasing smoking in society, that was driven by public health, same for car seats. All of that’s been left out,” she said.

At her table, there was also a lot of distrust about the impact of public engagement sessions, she said.

“I believe that change is

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Resident physicians strike at Elmhurst hospital in Queens, New York

About 150 resident physicians at Elmhurst Medical Center in Queens, New York, began a five-day strike for better wages on Monday. They also are demanding hazard pay for the physicians who worked at Elmhurst during the beginning of the pandemic, when Queens was severely affected. This is the first strike of New York City physicians since 1990, when resident physicians at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital walked out for nine days.

Striking resident physicians at Elmhurst Medical Center in Queens, New York [Photo: WSWS]

Although the striking residents work at Elmhurst, which is a municipal hospital, they are employed by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan. No agreement has been reached after almost a year of contract negotiations. The residents are members of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), which has accused management of negotiating in bad faith. 

Martha, a resident physician on the picket line, told the 

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