Sunday, October 25, 2020

Bell: Team Kenney’s Shandro fights back as health war heats up


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Apparently they can’t stand the sight of blood.

There is the elimination of a few hundred other staff jobs not on the front lines.

The total count of job cuts is 11,000.

The savings will be up to $600 million a year but that target won’t be hit for years. By the way, some jobs are part-time and some are full-time.

At least 100 Alberta Health Services management jobs out of 3,300 will be no more. Pay of the higher-ups will be looked at by spring.

Alberta Health Services tell us they are not a bloated bureaucracy. They are very, very lean.

This will take some convincing. After all, over the years the bad news out of AHS has been communicated much more effectively than any good news.

They’re a pretty top-secret outfit.

Shandro insists what the Kenney government is doing is not slashing, a word splashed in the headlines of the morning papers.

“It’s modest. They are not slashes,” he says, of his rollout.

Kenney’s health head honcho says the Notley NDP are “hypocrites screaming empty slogans” who did the same thing the current Alberta government is doing.

“This is not Americanizing anything. This is all still health care 100 per cent publicly-funded by taxpayers.”

Will there be more job cuts than the ones outlined?

According to the government, as it stands now the plan is the plan. There is no secret plan with more jobs going out the door.

Shandro says he is not cutting like Ralph Klein. He is holding the line on spending.

For those who talk about wanting finances cleaned up and then gripe when it’s done, Shandro says it’s like wanting the soup as long as you don’t tell them what’s in it.

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