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Russia in August became the first country to grant regulatory approval for a COVID-19 vaccine, doing so before large-scale trials were complete, to the concern of some in the global scientific community.

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Braid: The UCP launches a health-care upheaval like no other

The Alberta Health Services logo is seen on the Southgate EMS Centre on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. The Alberta government is looking to cut about 11,000 Alberta Health Services jobs to save $600 million over three years. Photo by Gavin Young/Postmedia

Columnist Don Braid writes: Alberta seems to suffer a spasm of health-care masochism every decade or so. But there’s never been an upheaval like this.

The UCP promises to punt 11,000 workers out of the public system and spend $600 million less annually.

At full post-pandemic tilt, spending would drop by more than $1 billion a year, according to the AHS implementation plan.

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Tuesday

Health ministry to cut 11,000 AHS jobs to save $600M annually after three years

Health Minister Tyler Shandro. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

Alberta plans to cut 11,000 Alberta Health Services jobs following a review in an effort to save $600 million annually.

No layoffs are anticipated for front-line clinical staff including doctors and nurses, Health Minister Tyler Shandro told Postmedia Monday, but his office confirmed around 800 jobs would be lost through attrition over the next three years. The bulk of AHS jobs lost — about 9,700 positions — will come from outsourcing jobs in laboratories, housekeeping, food services, and laundry. A minimum of one hundred management jobs will also be cut.

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Cutting 11,000 health jobs during pandemic will create more chaos, Alberta unions and NDP say

Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley (right) and health critic David Shepherd (left) criticize the Alberta UCP government’s plan to revise the province’s public health care system on Tuesday October 13, 2020. Photo by Larry Wong/Postmedia

Alberta’s plan to cut 11,000 Alberta Health Services jobs in an effort to save $600 million annually will destabilize the public health-care system and impact front-line care, unions representing health workers and the NDP said Tuesday.

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