Sunday, March 19, 2017

!) The Health Minister should be replaced with someone competent in the provision of upscale Health Care. 2) The Alberta Health Services Board should be disbanded and replaced with members competent in all aspects of Health Care and Continuing Care with emphasis on Seniors Care.not just persons personally appointed by the Health Minister. 3) The CEO (Dr. Verna Yiu) of Alberta Health Services should be awarded the authority,apparently currently restricted by the Health Minister, to, in consultation with a carefully selected panel of AHS personnel, conduct a total review of AHS structure and function and funding procedures, consolidate departments thus reducing redundancy, duplication and waste accompanied by appropriate reduction of personnel as appropriate. This would result in tremendous cost saving and a more streamlined and efficient organization with realigned priorities more in keeping with current Health Care requirements. I trust that this will provide you with food for thought. A word to the wise. Keeping the Faith. Dr. Edward S. Redshaw. Ph.D.


Usually no one listens to good advice so it is doubtful to me that the wildly exuberant NDP folks with their overspending ways will listen to Dr. Redshaw about the steps they could take to re-election.
Usually what happens is that a group of ordinary citizens get to power.
They become mighty folks in an instant--transformed from ordinary citizens into deities who are fawned upon by their employees.
Then they start to ignore us.
Finally they pretend that they are the only ones with brains and we are all fools.
Perhaps they are right.
Maybe we were fools to hire them.
In any case, power tends to make deities of the hires and fools out of us until we fire the deities at the next election.
Dr. Redshaw thinks there is time for them to recover the love.
I doubt it.
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So Dr. Redshaw wrote a wise letter to the NDP folks here:


From: Edward Redshaw <
Date: Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 5:24 PM
Subject: Performance Appraisal
To: Office of the Premier <premier@gov.ab.ca>
Cc: leduc.beaumont@assembly.ab.ca, Stony Plain Constituency <stony.plain@assembly.ab.ca>, edmonton.beverlyclareview@assembly.ab.ca, whitecourt.steanne@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.meadowlark@assembly.ab.ca, calgary.fort@assembly.ab.ca, Michael Connolly <calgary.hawkwood@assembly.ab.ca>, calgary.klein@assembly.ab.ca, strathcona.sherwoodpark@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.mcclung@assembly.ab.ca, ThomasDangMLA <edmonton.southwest@assembly.ab.ca>, Deborah Drever <calgary.bow@assembly.ab.ca>, edmonton.calder@assembly.ab.ca, Edmonton Rutherford <edmonton.rutherford@assembly.ab.ca>, lethbridge.east@assembly.ab.ca, calgary.buffalo@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.castledowns@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.millwoods@assembly.ab.ca, wetaskiwin.camrose@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.glenora@assembly.ab.ca, sprucegrove.stalbert@assembly.ab.ca, peace.river@assembly.ab.ca, Sandra Jansen <calgary.northwest@assembly.ab.ca>, fortmcmurray.conklin@assembly.ab.ca, calgary.glenmore@assembly.ab.ca, calgary.northernhills@assembly.ab.ca, Lesser SlaveLake <lesser.slavelake@assembly.ab.ca>, fortsaskatchewan.vegreville@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.ellerslie@assembly.ab.ca, calgary.east@assembly.ab.ca, calgary.currie@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.highlandsnorwood@assembly.ab.ca, dunvegan.centralpeace.notley@assembly.ab.ca, calgary.hays@assembly.ab.ca, Sherwood Park <sherwood.park@assembly.ab.ca>, Calgary Varsity <calgary.varsity@assembly.ab.ca>, MLA Karen McPherson <calgary.mackay.nosehill@assembly.ab.ca>, reddeer.south@assembly.ab.ca, calgary.cross@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.decore@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.strathcona@assembly.ab.ca, calgary.acadia@assembly.ab.ca, Lethbridge West <lethbridge.west@assembly.ab.ca>, athabasca.sturgeon.redwater@assembly.ab.ca, st.albert@assembly.ab.ca, west.yellowhead@assembly.ab.ca, calgary.mccall@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.goldbar@assembly.ab.ca, reddeer.north@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.centre@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.riverview@assembly.ab.ca, calgary.shaw@assembly.ab.ca, David Swann <calgary.mountainview@assembly.ab.ca>, edmonton.manning@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.whitemud@assembly.ab.ca, medicine.hat@assembly.ab.ca, banff.cochrane@assembly.ab.ca, edmonton.millcreek@assembly.ab.ca, Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society <elderadv@shaw.ca>, John Pray <jpray@shepherdscare.org>, Julie Ali <>, "manderson@shepherdscare.org" <manderson@shepherdscare.org>, Ambreen Mithani <amithani@shepherdscare.org>, Lynn Haugen <lynnhaugen@shepherdscare.org>, Tammy Leach <tammy.leach@ab-cca.ca>, lmercredi@shepherdscare.org, ahs.board@albertahealthservices.ca, verna.yiu@albertahealthservices.ca, Maureen Schroeder <mschroeder@shepherdscare.org>, asuderman@shepherdscare.org, Darrell Clarkson <mrc2000@shaw.ca>, Norm De Grande <NDegrande@shepherdscare.org>, "tsmith@shepherdscare.org" <tsmith@shepherdscare.org>, Krysta Inch <kinch@shepherdscare.org>, mcfarlane-donovan@aramark.ca, Corinne Schalm <corinne.schalm@gov.ab.ca>, Rachel Shepherd <rachelshepherd13@hotmail.com>, Randy Tonn <rtonn@shepherdscare.org>, wgolbeck@shepherdscare.org


Dear Honourable Premier:

This correspondence, in all probability, will never be read by you or by your Health Minister or by many of your Ministers. I say this because past experience by myself and many of my associates have compelled us to conclude that your government is apparently correspondence response challenged.

When your government was given the reins of power in this province, whether by accident or not, public expectations were high. Surprisingly, instead of proceeding slowly and allowing your inexperienced colleagues to settle in and grasp the principles of government you rushed headlong into one disaster after another, in the process, alienating  just about every possible voting group.

Now here is the current situation: With the upcoming consolidation of the conservative parties the writing is on the wall for your government to be annihilated in the next election. There is still time for you to take remedial actions on several fronts. So far your "spin doctors" have set you on an unwise path. Sit down with your people and have a serious discussion about the way forward. Many times in life we cannot do what we want to do but what we have to do. The previous government failed to listen to the people. Do not make the same mistake. 

During and after the Budget presentation you were all celebrating while the Opposition and many of the public viewers were left wondering if you were listening to the same presentation that they had been listening to.

The interest payable on the escalating debt is phenomenal and will only get worse if our credit rating is further downgraded. That alone should have been cause for caution in spending.

The Climate Leadership Plan is a failure. Everyone loves free goodies so thousands registered for free light bulbs not to save the planet but because they were free. The Carbon Levy (Tax) has antagonized hundreds and thousands of voters. With the USA bailing out of many of the environmental regulations that restrict industrial development we are going to be at a serious disadvantage. The energy saving projects you have in mind are not permanent job creators and energy costs are going to increase.

The Pipelines. A recent report by Morgan Stanley suggests Canadian oil production will outstrip pipeline capacity later this year, sooner that your forecast of early 2018. The shortfall will force operators to ship more crude by rail, an expensive alternative that will hike their costs by US $2 to $7 per barrel. Further should the NDP form the government in British Columbia they will create a major problem as they are totally opposed to the pipelines. So, why are you not moving rapidly on this instead of dilly dallying trying to appease all the pipeline opponents?

The mother of all disasters is the Health Care System.

The Health Minister has become a liability to the government. 

* Consider her "rodent" incident in relation to the Wildrose, which no apology will remove from voters memory. Remember Hillary Clinton's "deplorables" and the price she paid for that. Political apologies are meaningless. It was meant at the time it was said and any following apology is for political expediency.

* The 2,000 Long-Term Care beds. Failure. In any case providing the beds with the current level of poor quality care would have been a disaster. The Finance Minister is truly living in Fantasy Land, or he has been misinformed by the Health Minister  when he said in the Budget presentation " If a loved one develops Alzheimer's, we want to do everything in our power to make sure they get the care that's specialized, highly professional and treats them each and every moment with dignity and respect" and " An economic downturn does not mean that our aging grandparents should get second class healthcare".This is not happening. In the facilities the overworked, overwhelmed care staff are trying and failing in many instances to provide quality care. The vulnerable souls in these facilities are treated by the government and AHS as discardable, disposable liabilities.  

* Reducing the Ambulance budget. Ambulances are the lifelines between the public and the hospitals. Disgraceful.

* Failure to provide funding for the Red Deer Hospital. Central Albertans in need of services will be adding to the wait lists in Edmonton. Investing in this would for a large part reduce the need for a new Edmonton Hospital in the south.

* Failure to shorten wait times for MRI and other diagnostic procedures and specialty surgeries such as hip and knee replacements and arthroscopic procedures. This as a result of funding allocations being misused and permitting MRI's (such as those at Century Park) to be pulled from public service and dedicated solely to private payment use.

* The number of full time equivalent employees working for the province will rise by 2,822 in 2017-2018. A majority of those staff will work for Alberta Health Services (AHS) cementing it as the province's largest employer. Why is it necessary to continue this ongoing increase in provincial employees especially in AHS?. Is the Health Minister actually aware of what is taking place in AHS? AHS appears to be an entity unto itself. 

The entire Health Care System requires a total overhaul and realignment with reality:

!) The Health Minister should be replaced with someone competent in the provision of upscale Health Care.
2) The Alberta Health Services Board should be disbanded and replaced with members competent in all aspects of Health Care and Continuing Care with emphasis on Seniors Care.not just persons personally appointed by the Health Minister.
3) The CEO (Dr. Verna Yiu) of Alberta Health Services should be awarded the authority,apparently currently restricted by the Health Minister, to, in consultation with a carefully selected panel of AHS personnel, conduct a total review of AHS structure and function and funding procedures, consolidate departments thus reducing redundancy, duplication and waste accompanied by appropriate reduction of personnel as appropriate. This would result in tremendous cost saving and a more streamlined and efficient organization with realigned priorities more in keeping with current Health Care requirements.

I trust that this will provide you with food for thought. A word to the wise.

Keeping the Faith.  Dr. Edward S. Redshaw. Ph.D.


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It is doubtful they will listen to his advice.
Everything he says seems sensible.
Let me look at the advice in pieces so we can see what he is saying:

1) Debt is a bully that will end up in pain for all who are the victims. The bully debt that the NDP is collecting will not only victimise us but also our kids.

2) The debt servicing charges will be significant and if we did not have it--well that money could have been used for senior care for example.

3) The Climate Leadership Plan doesn't make much change to the situation of climate change and costs us a bundle to administer as well as there is the fact we are returning much of the money back to folks some of which have been asked to return the cash after they die to the horror of their poor families. Very dumb set up and traumatic for families of recently dead Albertans.

4) Pipelines are still not happening and more expensive train transport seems to be the future.

5) Odd health care decisions that do not make sense such as:


a) Division of the health care pie between Edmonton and Calgary.

Dr. Redshaw is correct to point out that the lottery winnings in health need to be divided up more equitably so that all Albertans benefit. The Red Deer hospital has been crying out for expansion and folks in Airdrie really need a hospital.  There are other places of stress and I can't see how putting all the goodies into two baskets will get the NDP re-elected unless of course they have given up on rural Alberta?


b) I believe Calgary even got a senior's home according to this article.  But it still isn't the 2,000 beds we were promised and so why haven't we got these beds? Why is there money for everything else but the continuing care system and our families in this system?


http://www.vancouversun.com/news/politics/alberta+posts+2410+billion+shortfall+provincial+budget/13125252/story.html


Alberta NDP posts $10.3 billion shortfall in provincial budget

JAMES WOOD, CALGARY HERALD, CALGARY HERALD  03.17.2017
But the province announced a new long-term care facility for Calgary, as well as five new schools in the city as part of an overall 24 new and modernized schools in the province.

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While it is nice that the NDP are trying to improve their chances for reelection in Calgary by selective production of long term care beds, this is still not the 2,000 long term care beds that was promised and that could jolly well be produced. If the GOA has money for billions of dollars of payout to the power companies why not to the seniors? It's a matter of seniors don't matter isn't it?

c)  I had no idea the ambulance budget had been decreased but short term thinking prevails in Alberta and so maybe having fewer ambulances to save lives is going to help the health care system reduce costs.

d) I have heard of the major wait times for knee and hip surgeries and it makes no sense to me that the government would allow Albertans to suffer while they hire yet more employees for AHS who will yap endlessly at meetings to move families along while the families aren't able to get the help they need.

e) The rat incident is well known and seems to have been a political mistake by Ms. Hoffman who is usually a Teflon politician but goofed in this case.

f) Whether or not the health minister is able to handle her portfolio or not isn't something I want to go into but it feels that the entire health care system is too big, disorganized, does not have clear cut responsibilities, can't be held accountable and is basically shielded from our scrutiny as public payers of the entire deal.

My feeling is that the NDP crew got bad advice at the beginning of their tenure. They got help from others when they should have been listening to the people who got them to power--us.
Now it is too late.
I don't want to vote for them even if Dr. Redshaw thinks there is still time left.

I want to go vote Wildrose.

I want the GOA cleaned up.
I want transparency and accountability.
I want the money we pay in taxes going to my family in continuing care.
I want no more arrogance and apathy in the AHS, Covenant Health and Alberta Health groups but real work and work that serves us--the people of Alberta.

I don't believe things will change with the NDP.
The fake AHS board is full of puppets controlled by Alberta Health.
The CEO of AHS is a nice woman but she isn't helpful for families.
I mean sure cheering on the AHS team is great but what about helping the people that AHS is supposed to serve--the citizens of Alberta?

A CEO is a salesperson for sure but there has to be something worth selling. And the product that AHS is selling is of poor quality and needs major improvements especially in the area of continuing care.

It is doubtful the health minister or any minister will be changed by Ms. Notley because this is a ship that is being steered by a captain lost at sea. Even when Dr. Redshaw gives them this map to help them to safety they are just going to do their own thing and end up without a single seat in the next provincial election.

There isn't much I feel we can do to get them back on course.
We have to wait until this ship of fools-- lands at the next port of the next provincial election to ground the entire crew.

But still it is nice of  Dr. Redshaw to encourage this group of poor managers. I should encourage them but I tend to feel encouragement failed with the PCs and should not be wasted on the NDP folks. Nope we should kick GOA butt.

Even kicking GOA butt won't end the inappropriate felicity of this political party; this group is simply too exuberant about their place in history.  Power goes to the heads of ordinary citizens so fast. They should look at what ordinary Albertans did to the once mighty PCs. And then they should take a look in the mirror.





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