PPC challenges Alberta Health Services over bed shortages claim
PPC representatives have challenged claims that province is facing a hospital bed shortage. Accounts were quickly suspended by Twitter for challenging the narrative.
The AHC is claiming its ICUs are buckling under the stress of the COVID-19 fourth wave. Alberta Health Services president and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu announced Wednesday the health authority was taking the extraordinary measure of requesting ICU space and skilled labour from other jurisdictions. That revelation came as Alberta entered a state of public health emergency and introduced sweeping public health measures as COVID-19 spread threatens to overwhelm the capacity of the province’s critical-care spaces.
Manitoba’s premier and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey have both offered support if asked.
“The provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Alberta have long had close ties, with so many travelling back and forth for work or visits with family,” Furey said.
“I spoke with Premier (Jason) Kenney today to offer any support we can provide in their battle against COVID-19. We are all united.”
Yiu also said AHS is discussing potential patient transfers to Ontario, which has offered ICU capacity help.
Saskatchewan and British Columbia officials saying current demands on their own health-care systems prevent them from providing resources to Alberta.
“However, we have told Alberta that if there are things we can do to support them, we will. And if we can take patients on in the future, we will,” B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a statement.
Paul McCormack, the PPC candidate for Edmonton Mill Woods, immediately challenged these allegations, taking to Twitter to post evidence. Having received noticeable support, his account was quickly suspended, likely over allegations of "misinformation."