Alberta's health service and the provincial government have been locked in an ongoing debate surrounding $3.2 million in bonuses promised to executives, and the value of autonomy in the health sector. But none of that matters anymore because the entire board of governors has been fired.
The Canadian Press reports that Health Minister Fred Horne fired the entire 10-member board after it refused to cancel bonuses promised to 99 executives.
The entire board has been replaced at least temporarily by one person: Janet Davidson, a former nurse and current health official.
The Alberta Health Service was set up as an arm's-length agency in order to run the province's network of hospitals and clinics without interference from the government. Chairman Stephen Lockwood refused to cancel the $3.2 million in bonuses, arguing that it was not the health ministry's place to dictate how the agency operates.
"Today is about the ability of AHS to operate independently from government and our ability to makeRead More »from Alberta fires health service board over autonomy and salary bonuses