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Alberta MLA booted from Tory caucus

Dr. Raj Sherman criticized premier over crowded ERs


 

Dr. Raj Sherman, an Alberta MLA and ER doctor, has been booted from the province’s Progressive Conservative caucus after criticizing his own party over emergency room wait times. In an e-mail that was leaked last week, Sherman accused Premier Ed Stelmach of breaking his promise to fix problems in ERs. On Friday, Sherman also criticized Alberta Health Minister Ron Liepert for being “rude and offensive” to medical staff. He said getting booted was a sad day for him, but he made the choice to stand up for patients. “For me, it’s really a matter of principle. I guess the principles of being a doctor and advocating for patients collided with the principles of politics,” Sherman told CBC News after he was fired. The caucus whip, Robin Campbell, disagreed. “This is not an advocacy issue that Raj was suspended for,” she said. “This was an issue of caucus discipline.” A debate over wait times was sparked in Alberta after Edmonton ER physician Paul Parks sent a letter to the health minister warning of a “catastrophic collapse” of emergency health care last month. Parks documented cases where patients had died waiting for care. Meanwhile, health care is consuming almost 50 per cent of provincial budgets across Canada as costs continue to mount.

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Alberta MLA booted from Tory caucus

  1. Stelmach plowed money into health care last budget. 14 other departments cutback.

  2. If I hear of Stelmach or Liepert bumping someone in line in the emergency room… They better hope there is nothing wrong with their legs!

  3. If I hear of Stelmach or Liepert bumping someone in line in the emergency room… They better hope there is nothing wrong with their legs!

  4. As I am one that has used emergency rooms a few times in the past I think the problem lies with the lack of sufficient Dr.s. I wonder how many Dr.s there are coming out into GP practice that are going elsewhere for their more lucrative practice.
    When I see my Dr. he only has about 15 mins. for my visit. Of this time we talk about my reason for wanting to see him which is 8 mins. leaving 7 mins. for him to record my visit. This is factory medicine.
    I am a diabetic with blood pressure problems, welcome to old age. I take 2 medicating pills and have for 5 years. My original Dr. told me I would need to take these pills for the rest of my life. If this so why do I have to see him for a new presription? I am stebilizing myself with the help of my pharmcist keeping track of my non-narcotic med.s and I have my own BP and blood sugar machines. to test myself.
    There is no reason for me to be on this line except to keep my Dr. busy and how many other factory lines in medicine are there?

  5. Hear! Hear!

  6. Hear! Hear!

    • There are problems with the way doctors are paid, so that it's to their advantage now for people to have short frequent visits; and many people do not have a doctor, leading to more sitting in emergencies. and there are not enough nurses and doctors in the hospitals. They need to hire more staff and open more long term beds so that people can pass through emergency into longer term care faster.

      • My point is that in my own instsnce time is wasted and better served by my pharmasist and if I have a problem I can make an appointment for a reason other than an prescription which is the only reason I have to see him. I have been tested to death and now it is only maintenance.

  7. There are problems with the way doctors are paid, so that it's to their advantage now for people to have short frequent visits; and many people do not have a doctor, leading to more sitting in emergencies. and there are not enough nurses and doctors in the hospitals. They need to hire more staff and open more long term beds so that people can pass through emergency into longer term care faster.

  8. My point is that in my own instsnce time is wasted and better served by my pharmasist and if I have a problem I can make an appointment for a reason other than an prescription which is the only reason I have to see him. I have been tested to death and now it is only maintenance.

  9. How much does a Dr. make per visit? How much does a Dr. make without a visit? Simple math says he will have to bring more patience in that need treatment not maintenance. Also I don't go to emergency for precriptions or checkups.
    As another thought why can't some Dr. work Sat. and Sun. and take two other days off? All that's needed is for communication between them. Jesus, maybe I should be running this show. Boy, now I'm realy starting to think.

  10. How much does a Dr. make per visit? How much does a Dr. make without a visit? Simple math says he will have to bring more patience in that need treatment not maintenance. Also I don't go to emergency for precriptions or checkups.
    As another thought why can't some Dr. work Sat. and Sun. and take two other days off? All that's needed is for communication between them. Jesus, maybe I should be running this show. Boy, now I'm realy starting to think.

  11. How much does a Dr. make per visit? How much does a Dr. make without a visit? Simple math says he will have to bring more patience in that need treatment not maintenance. Also I don't go to emergency for precriptions or checkups.

  12. How much does a Dr. make per visit? How much does a Dr. make without a visit? Simple math says he will have to bring more patience in that need treatment not maintenance. Also I don't go to emergency for precriptions or checkups.

  13. Michael maybe you might have a chance to run the show…Just keep your cookies away from the mike!

  14. The problem in Alberta is that we do not have enough hospital beds for the number of gravely sick people who need to be cared for in the hospital. We were happy to have the oil boom; happy to have the increased workers but not happy to provide increased patient beds in case they got sick. Michael, in your case – your physician must assess your need for your medication on a regular basis. Should you lose a substantial amount of weight or become very fit, your need for your diabetes medication (if you are a type II diabetic) and/or anti-hypertensive might change drastically. In fact, you might not even need either of these medications, unless of course there are heredity reasons for your hypertension. There are actually guidelines for how long a prescription renewal can be. Even a pharmacy is not allowed to honor a prescription that is written more than 18 months ago. This is for your benefit. I think we would all be leary of a physician who wrote prescriptions without assessing the patients and asking about their blood pressure readings and glucometer readings.

  15. The problem in Alberta is that we do not have enough hospital beds for the number of gravely sick people who need to be cared for in the hospital. We were happy to have the oil boom; happy to have the increased workers but not happy to provide increased patient beds in case they got sick. Michael, in your case – your physician must assess your need for your medication on a regular basis. Should you lose a substantial amount of weight or become very fit, your need for your diabetes medication (if you are a type II diabetic) and/or anti-hypertensive might change drastically. In fact, you might not even need either of these medications, unless of course there are heredity reasons for your hypertension. There are actually guidelines for how long a prescription renewal can be. Even a pharmacy is not allowed to honor a prescription that is written more than 18 months ago. This is for your benefit. I think we would all be leary of a physician who wrote prescriptions without assessing the patients and asking about their blood pressure readings and glucometer readings.

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