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Medical specialist says Alberta Health ‘emotionally abusive’ to staff

“We are undergoing an emotional rollercoaster ride,” said the Alberta board-certified medical specialist.

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An Alberta certified medical specialist who has worked for Alberta Health Services (AHS) for over a decade says the Alberta government waiting “yet again” until the last minute to extend the deadline for their mandatory vaccination program has been “abusive.”

On Monday – one day before mandatory vaccinations were to be implemented for all AHS staff – the Alberta government extended the deadline for a second time.

“This is almost emotionally abusive as they waited until the last minute,” the specialist told the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity due to the threat of job loss.  

“We are undergoing an emotional rollercoaster ride.”

AHS had originally set October 31 as the deadline for all staff to be double-vaccinated or face unpaid leave but announced on October 22 they were extending the deadline to November 30.  

The extension was to allow “all employees more time to submit their proof of vaccination and, if they haven’t yet, to get fully vaccinated,” said AHS President and CEO, Dr. Verna Yiu at the time.

“It’s discriminatory and unscientific,” said the specialist.

“The vaccinated workers can also catch COVID and transmit it to others. There is no justification for this discriminatory practice.”

The specialist also said many unvaccinated workers will be denied the testing options, “so some (medical workers) are more essential than others,” calling it another “discriminatory action.”  

The medical specialist pointed to a number of studies including one from the Lancet, a well-respected, peer-reviewed medical journal.

The Lancet publication posted October 29, 2021, concluded people who have been inoculated against COVID-19 can spread the delta variant similar to those who have not been vaccinated.

“Vaccination reduces the risk of delta variant infection and accelerates viral clearance. Nonetheless, fully vaccinated individuals with breakthrough infections have peak viral load similar to unvaccinated cases and can efficiently transmit infection in household settings, including to fully vaccinated contacts,” concluded the study. 

Another study published on September 30, 2021, in the European Journal of epidemiology says, “there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases.

“In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people.”

“They could argue vaccinated workers are less likely to catch COVID, but the fact is, the unvaccinated workers would stay home if they caught it,” said the specialist.

“The vaccinated may catch COVID and not realize they have it, show up at work and spread it to others as they may get no or fewer symptoms and chalk it up as allergy, or something.

“That may partly explain why the more vaccinated countries struggled more with COVID.  We need to look at the evidence and there is no scientific evidence to suggest that vaccinated workers are less of a danger to others than the unvaccinated.”

The Alberta government has directed AHS to temporarily offer “frequent and targeted COVID-19 testing as part of the organization’s Immunization of Workers for COVID-19 Policy.”

According to a government release, the policy update extends to “sites considered at significant risk of service disruptions resulting from staffing shortages due to unimmunized employees.”

“We fully support AHS’ immunization policy, and I appreciate the tens of thousands of health-care workers who have made the right choice to get vaccinated,” said Alberta’s Minister of Health, Jason Copping.

“This directive is about protecting patient care – primarily in rural areas – which will always be my top priority.”

Current AHS policy says employees who chose not to be fully immunized or those who have not been granted a valid exemption will be put on an unpaid leave of absence.

The mandatory vaccine policy deadline for healthcare workers has been extended to December 13 when the proof of negative COVID-19 testing program will be put in place for specified sites that will be identified at that time. The Alberta government confirmed they will review the testing program policy by March 2022.

AHS says 96% of their full and part-time staff have been fully vaccinated and more than 99% of physicians and intensive care unit staff have submitted their proof of immunization.

AHS says it will continue to evaluate medical staffing needs and will provide a full list of sites where testing is taking place by the December 13 deadline.

The Western Standard reached out to AHS for comment and was provided with a written statement.

“Yesterday, at the direction of the provincial Government, we informed our staff and physicians that AHS will temporarily introduce frequent, targeted COVID-19 testing as part of the organization’s mandatory immunization policy.

“The temporary testing option will be introduced at a small number of affected clinical work locations starting on Dec. 13, 2021. The policy deadline for staff to be fully immunized will also be adjusted to Dec. 13, 2021, to accommodate the introduction of this testing option.

The AHS spokesperson said staff at affected sites who are not fully immunized will have to show proof of an approved COVID-19 test with a negative result, at their own expense, no more than 48 hours before their shifts. Any worker with a positive test result will be required to be off work until results of a follow-up PCR test are received.

Unvaccinated medical workers at these affected sites who do not provide regular proof of a negative COVID-19 test will face an unpaid leave of absence.

“Healthcare workers have an ethical and professional responsibility to protect others,” said the AHS spokesperson.

“Immunization is a tool to assist in meeting this standard.”

The Western Standard contacted Alberta’s Ministry of Health for comment on medical workers feeling emotionally abused and discriminated against but did not hear back in time for publishing.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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14 Comments

  1. Andrew

    December 3, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Used to work for AHS. It’s corrupt and needs to be cleaned out in the very least. A Wildrose government will clean it up.

  2. Clash

    December 2, 2021 at 11:00 am

    When the AHS some workers start getting sick from the effects of the Vaccines, they will be able to SUE AHS and the Alberta government for being coerced through threats from Deena and Verna. Threats of job/monetary loss and personal retribution is coercion. Deena won’t be able to avoid the JCCF forever. Her Passport should be taken from her before she disappears to Wuhan!

  3. Ben Wilson

    December 2, 2021 at 10:50 am

    I love seeing the incompetence of AHS. The medical people are the most aware group of people regarding the China Virus and the science behind how to manage it. And AHS is Sh&tting the bed in the eye’s of all the smart and caring front line AHS workers. AHS needs to be reformed.

    PS…any person that thinks a NDP or a UCP government should step in and tell AHS what to do is wrong. Politicians, are not medical experts. The public needs competent medical experts running AHS, not Politicians. There needs to be a public outcry to all Politicians, NDP and UCP MLA’s to fire the AHS board and complete a review of what they have done.

    Only the public can stop the corruption and incompetence of AHS. Any politicians who stood up and said AHS is useless, would be attacked like they were a child molester.

    God Bless!!

  4. Kelly Carter

    December 2, 2021 at 7:26 am

    It is almost as if AHS wants them all to quit and then stand by and watch while the system collapses.

    Had a very interesting conversation with an ex-AHS employee. They were extremely happy to have walked out of their AHS job and into a much saner work place.

  5. Mike power

    December 2, 2021 at 7:08 am

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  6. Claudette Leece

    December 2, 2021 at 6:26 am

    I would be more mad at these great, not, unions that are not sticking up for their workers rights, you happily pay union dues and AUPE done nothing to stand up for them. It’s pathetic oh and for those that don’t know AUPE received a big donation from the Oilers 50/50 foundation and there using the money to get jackets for every health care worker. What heros AUPE are, keep paying them dues folks, Guy and Gil love you for it

  7. Claudette Leece

    December 2, 2021 at 6:23 am

    People should check the Infant Act, your kids could get vaccinated without your consent. Kenney is worse than a Liberal he’s and NDP, the ultimate traitor

  8. Claudette Leece

    December 2, 2021 at 6:20 am

    Pay back this abuse by doing rotating calling in sick, by the unvaccinated. They soon might see how important all workers are. There are 3000 unvaccinated health care workers.

  9. berta baby

    December 1, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    True experts arnt following the science…. The science is abuse and control. Emotional land psychological mind fucking of everyone.

  10. John Lankers

    December 1, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    “Healthcare workers have an ethical and professional responsibility to protect others,” said the AHS spokesperson.
    Let me rephrase this statement.
    “Employers have an ethical and professional responsibility to protect their employees’ constitutional rights.”
    AHS and a good number of other corporate employers are doing the exact opposite and the day will eventually come when they will be held responsible for the deaths and hardships they are responsible for. I hope heads will role when this happens.

  11. Leslie Solar

    December 1, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Just to be clear.

    The word “immunized” and variants like “confer immunity” have long-established meanings. The Covid “vaccines” do not confer “immunity”. The workers that have taken the double jab are not “immunized”. They can and do come down with Covid afterwards. And can and do spread it to others. This is a “vaccine” only to someone who doesnt understand the English language.

    Minister Copping says: “This directive is about protecting patient care –primarily in rural areas–which will always be my top priority”. (Yep—those “rural” rubes surely will fall for this disingenuous BS)

    hahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!….. like the AHS “directive” prohibiting doctors from early treatment of covid—is that another “…directive about protecting patient care”??? Give me a Break!!….

    Maybe Copping thinks we are all at the level of the 5-year olds that he is trying desperately to get jabbed (for no scientific reason that is even remotely sensible).

    to “minister” Copping and “premier” Kenney—-RESIGN. NOW.

  12. Patricia Seddon

    December 1, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Just more indicators that we need private healthcare options. Our current system is broken, and disfunctional

  13. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    December 1, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Its high time to give the boot to the AHS ,power corrupts as we see in this organization. If the UCP had any balls they would set AHS adrift and take the responsibility that they got elected and paid to do. The damage and lives they have cost is staggering.BOOTS THE BUMS and get major savings.

  14. CN

    December 1, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    The truth will eventually come out. AHS and Copping are going to have a lot of backtracking to do.

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Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

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Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

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PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

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The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

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Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

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SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

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