Harper's wait time plan guarantees election not far behind

    OTTAWA, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Today's wait time guarantee announcement
is designed as part of Stephen Harper's pre-election strategy," said Paul
Moist national president of Canada's largest union, the Canadian Union of
Public Employees - CUPE. "Canadians have a reasonable expectation to receive
health care in a timely manner. They also have a reasonable expectation that
this happen by working with our public health care system - not against it,"
he added.
    Dr. Brian Postl's final report as the federal advisor on wait times was
quietly released almost a year ago, on Friday June 30, 2006. "This report
contains many key recommendations that favour strengthening the public system
over the false quick fix of wait time guarantees. Prime Minister Harper must
drop the political games around wait times and commit to an integrated team
approach to providing health care services to Canadians," said Moist.
    Dr. Postl recognized the need for a health human resource strategy and
team based care as well as wait time coordinators and patient advocates.
    "Setting false expectations as part of a pre-election strategy is morally
bankrupt and cheats Canadian society as a whole. We have had commissions and
reports - both the Romonow and more recently the Postl reports have been
ignored. Prime Minister Harper has missed a golden opportunity to do the right
thing," concluded Moist.

    CUPE represents over 170,000 health care workers across Canada - from
support services to surgery.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Moist, CUPE national president, (613)
237-1590 ext. 224, (613) 558-2873 (cell); Catherine Louli, CUPE
Communications, (613) 851-0547 (cell); www.cupe.ca

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