Alberta premier accuses health system of giving government unreliable pandemic information – CBC

Jason Kenney says AHS did not respond to political directives during COVID-19

Sep 07, 2022

Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta Health Services did not respond to political direction during the most dire waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenney told reporters at a Calgary news conference Wednesday that AHS provided the government with continually changing numbers about the number of intensive care beds it could operate across the province during the pandemic.

“All politics aside, decision makers need clear and timely information when you’re dealing with a crisis like this, and we simply did not receive that,” Kenney said at a news conference about expanding private surgery capacity in the province.

Critics who wanted more measures to contain the spread of the virus causing COVID-19 have lambasted Kenney and his government for being too slow to respond at times when cases increased in the province.

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