Committees, reviews to address Alberta health-care problems

Alberta is setting up two committees to address concerns of health mismanagement and doctor bullying.

EDMONTON — Alberta is setting up two committees to address concerns of health mismanagement and doctor bullying.

Health Minister Fred Horne says the government will also ask the Health Quality Council to review ambulance services.

The announcement follows recommendations proposed last week by the health council in its report on problems in the province’s health care.

The council said it found that a government decision five years ago to collapse regional health boards into one superboard set off a disastrous chain of events.

It said emergency room wait times are 10 to 20 times worse than accepted norms and doctors who have complained about it were intimidated or threatened with loss of hospital privileges.

Some doctors also said the College of Physicians and Surgeons had sanctioned or audited the work of doctors who were deemed troublemakers.