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Liberals point to lower standards in emergency rooms

The province is setting a new low in the emergency room.

According to the Liberal party, Alberta Health Services posted a performance report recently, but pulled it from the website once leader Raj Sherman questioned the report. The Emergency Room doctor says AHS provided a new model with extremely low targets.

“Their objective for 2015-2016, is to have 90 per cent of admitted patients transferred from emergency within 19 hours. That is far below standards elsewhere. It shouldn’t take longer than eight hours,” Sherman says in a news release. “Admitted patients in the U.K., for example, are moved upstairs within four hours ninety-five per cent of the time."

The provinces past target was to have 75 per cent of the group getting a bed within eight hours. For patients that need to be admitted, the target is 90 per cent passing through the ER to a hospital room in 19 hours or less, compared to 75 per cent of the group getting a bed within eight hours.

The Liberals are also calling the style of reporting shocking, arguing that it was missing raw data.

The party is calling on the health minister to release the first and second quarterly report. The first report was due 107 days ago.
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