As an organization concerned with protecting and promoting the fundamental human rights and civil liberties of all Albertans, the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association (RMCLA) joins the Alberta Medical Association and all four Alberta opposition parties in calling for a judicial inquiry into allegations of a culture of fear and intimidation in the provincial health care system.
All Albertans have a constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression, and doctors and other health practitioners have a professional duty to advocate on behalf of their patients. Thus, allegations that health care professionals have been dissuaded through threats and intimidation from advocating on behalf of their patients and a better health care system for all Albertans are extremely troubling.
We applaud the government’s decision to authorize the Health Quality Council of Alberta to investigate concerns about quality of care and wait times for cancer and emergency room treatment. However, the HQCA review is not the appropriate forum for the investigation of the allegation that doctors and other health professionals have faced intimidation and threats from their superiors for having spoken out about problems in the health care system.
A full public inquiry is required.
Read our letter to the Alberta Health Services Minister.