Friends of Medicare are concerned the executive search ads looking for Alberta Health Services Board members have slid by without much notice, with the application deadline closing today.
“I don’t think most Albertans were aware the public could apply for a position on the board. Friends of Medicare thinks the government should extend this deadline and come clean on how the minister plans to change our public health system”, says David Eggen, executive director for Friends of Medicare.
There have been many questions raised about the dissolution of regional health boards and the composition of the new health superboard. Now there is a secretive process to choose board members and Albertans have a right to know how and why these decisions are being made.
“Albertans feel our public health care system slipping out of their hands, and the choices being made around the superboard are just making things worse,” says Eggen. Also, Friends of Medicare finds it disturbing that Alberta Health Services has expressed the possibility of choosing members from outside the province or even from outside the country. Resumes for the superboard position are being accepted by Boyden Global Executive Search, an American Corporation headquartered in New York, rather than the usual channel of the Alberta government’s job application service.
"What would be most appropriate would be to hold elections to this type of publicly accountable board. We had fully elected hospital boards not that long ago, and it's only five years since the government abruptly cancelled elections for some of the Regional Health Board positions," Eggen points out.
Although the job advertisement is on far too short notice and without clear criteria as to how the selection process will be made, Eggen has been encouraging Albertans to apply. “We have thousands of individuals in this province dedicated to strengthening and expanding our public health care system. A friend of medicare or two on the board would help the situation considerably!”