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Alberta Diary: Docs call health minister liar, liar, scrubs on fire, but their ad fails to persuade

The docs’ advertisement. Below: AMA President Dr. Michael Giuffre.

The Alberta Medical Association, the province’s most powerful trade union, has gone back to the familiar ground of buying newspaper advertisements to call Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne and the Progressive Conservative government led by Premier Alison Redford a bunch of liars.

The provincial physicians’ association and bargaining agent used slightly more moderate language in their advert – which showed up in several Alberta daily newspapers yesterday – but what else can they really mean when they say, “on April 23, 2012, the government of Alberta misled Alberta’s 11,000 physicians,

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Alberta Diary: Alberta health minister to doctors: shut up and take your medicine!

Long memories? D’ya think? Tory Health Minister Fred Horne overturns an Alberta physicians’ vehicle yesterday. Alberta Progressive Conservative ministers may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Fred Horne, Alberta Medical Association President Dr. Michael Giuffre, former AMA President Dr. Linda Slocombe. When Alberta’s most powerful union – the Alberta Medical Association, which until … . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alberta health minister to doctors: shut up and take your medicine!

Alberta Diary: Message to Alberta’s doctors: Newton’s Third Law applies to politics too

A couple of Alberta doctors contemplate the state of the Alberta Medical Association’s latest negotiations with the province. Actual Alberta physicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: AMA President Linda Slocombe, Sir Isaac Newton, Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne.

Just wondering, but is Newton’s Third Law no longer part of the basic science curriculum? Or did someone just forget to inform Alberta’s physicians in their pre-med classes that, as Sir Isaac Newton taught us back in 1687: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

It turns out that Newton’s Third Law of Motion doesn’t merely

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David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Rx for high Alberta health care costs: Not what the doctors ordered!

Alberta ponders how to increase physician productivity – house calls? Below: Health Minister Fred Horne, Alberta Medical Association President Linda Slocombe.

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne’s musings he just might join Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty in declaring war on physicians’ fees is proof the chickens continue to come home to roost for those foolish enough to assume the polls were right and the Wildrose Party would win the April 23 Alberta election.

It was journalists, bloggers, pollsters and certain far-right politicians who had to eat crow instead of chicken after last month’s epic polling fail, but it may turn out

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