It’s Dominion Day in New Zealand.
Alberta Health Services has issued a warning after thousands of patients had their confidential health information "inappropriately accessed" by a former AHS employee. An AHS investigation has determined that the former employee accessed the health information of 1,309 Albertans. The same former employee viewed the "demographic information" of another 11,539 individuals, AHS said in a news release today.
Staff at the Points West Living facility in Cold Lake, members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, are threatening to walk off the job this Friday if a contract with their employer isn’t reached in time.
The Alberta government’s nearly 300 agencies, boards and commissions have grown “out of control,” the province’s Finance Minister admits. With little public oversight, the agencies spend more than $22-billion a year, a combined budget larger than the amount the rest of the provincial government spends.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta is introducing a draft of opioid prescribing standards in October, but a chronic pain sufferer says it could hurt patients like her. “Not every pain patient needs opioids,” said Tracy Fossum, who lives in Edmonton. “But the minute you tell a doctor you’re a chronic pain patient they’ve already jumped to a conclusion and help disappears quickly.”
When the gold standard in medical abortion drugs finally becomes available in Canada later this year, the $300 cost of the pills will not be covered by most provincial drug plans, The Globe and Mail has learned.
NOTE: I’ll be on the road tomorrow and Wednesday. The news summary should return on Thursday.
United Nurses of Alberta