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Alberta government proposes legislation to “improve public health care”

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The UCP government has announced proposed changes it says will modernize and improve public health care.

On Monday (July 6), Health Minister Tyler Shandro unveiled a number of amendments to health legislation in the province.

Bill 30, the Health Statutes Amendment Act, aims to streamline the approval process for chartered surgical facilities, make it easier for doctors to enter into alternative relationship plans for compensation, and enable the government to contract with a range of organizations to operate medical clinics.

Shandro says these proposed amendments will ensure patients’ voices are included in the health-care system, help reduce surgical wait times and clarify roles and accountabilities of health system partners. “We are ensuring the legislation governing our health system reflects our modern reality, and enables future innovation.”

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Bill 30 would also repeal some legislation that no longer applies, since the bills were written when Alberta had multiple health regions.

Proposed Bill 30, the Health Statutes Amendment Act, include:

  • Supporting and strengthening the work of the Health Quality Council of Alberta so it can drive health system improvements and positive change for patients and families.
  • Increasing the number of public members on Health Professional Regulatory College councils to ensure Albertans have a stronger voice and greater role in professional oversight.
  • Streamlining the approval process for chartered surgical facilities to operate so they can provide more high-quality, publicly funded surgeries to help reduce surgical wait times without compromising patient safety or quality of care.
  • Making it easier for physicians to enter into alternative relationship plans for compensation.
  • Enabling government to contract with a range of organizations to operate medical clinics so physicians can focus on providing patient care, rather than administration.
  • Clarifying the role of Alberta Health Services as the province’s single health authority, with Covenant Health as a strategic partner and the largest faith-based health-care provider.
  • Ensuring the Hospital Privileges Appeals Board continues to have a strong, qualified group of members to review grievances brought forward by medical staff against hospital boards.
  • Clarifying COVID-19 quarantine requirements under the Public Health Act to clearly articulate that all international travellers must quarantine for 14 days while the related chief medical officer of health orders are in effect.
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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