Manitoba

Liberals would hold MD intimidation inquiry, Sherman says

Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman stepped up his calls on Thursday for a public inquiry into allegations that doctors and health care workers were bullied by managers and provincial politicians.
Liberal Leader Raj Sherman speaks to supporters during a rally at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton on Thursday. (CBC)

Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman stepped up his calls on Thursday for a public inquiry into allegations that doctors and health care workers were bullied by managers and provincial politicians.

"We must restore trust and confidence into our health care system by calling an independent public inquiry and that's a first course of action the Alberta Liberals will do when we form government," Sherman told a rally outside Edmonton's Royal Alexandra Hospital, while brandishing a megaphone and standing in the back of a pickup truck.

A recent report by the Health Quality Council of Alberta found widespread examples of physician intimidation and muzzling while they were advocating for their patients.

But the panel said the provincial government doesn't need a full-scale inquiry into the allegations and should concentrate efforts on fixing the problem.

So the governing Progressive Conservative government announced instead that a public inquiry would be held into allegations of queue-jumping in the health care system, a move that has come under criticism by the Alberta Medical Association.

Sherman says the government's decision has further demoralized health care workers.