Alberta government releases review of province’s initial response to COVID-19

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A third-party reappraisal commissioned by the Alberta authorities to look into its archetypal effect to the COVID-19 pandemic has travel up with 5 recommendations for the state to see arsenic it continues to navigate the unprecedented nationalist wellness crisis.

The report was posted connected the government’s website precocious Friday afternoon. Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced earlier this week helium would beryllium releasing the study successful its entirety aft a media study was published, suggesting the study would not beryllium released unless it was combined with aboriginal reports to beryllium done connected the government’s handling of the crisis.

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The review, completed by KPMG, looks astatine the province’s handling of the pandemic “and related activities” betwixt March 2020 and Oct. 12, 2020, a play the report’s authors specify arsenic the “first wave” of the pandemic.

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The 136-page study begins by acknowledging that “no jurisdiction’s existing readying oregon preparedness could person been ‘fit for purpose’ to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Throughout the report, examples of successes are cited, specified arsenic the state being capable to redeploy furniture capableness passim the system, managing to instrumentality to “a pre-pandemic complaint of surgeries during the archetypal question sooner than astir different provinces,” managing rates of corruption astatine continuing attraction facilities with its single-site idiosyncratic argumentation and demonstrating “adaptability and successes during the archetypal wave” erstwhile it came to managing PPE supply, conscionable to sanction a few.

Below is simply a look astatine the 5 recommendations highlighted successful the report.

Ongoing investigation and stakeholder engagement

The study concludes that Alberta’s COVID-19 effect “will proceed to necessitate adaptation and changes successful wellness and economical measures implicit time,” and stresses the value of listening to the voices of antithetic stakeholders erstwhile making decisions.

Comprehensive reappraisal of pandemic response

The study recommends that the behaviour a broad reappraisal of its pandemic effect erstwhile its vaccination programme is good underway.

READ MORE: Kenney says helium won’t ‘take a lecture’ from feds connected COVID-19 successful Alberta 

It suggests that reappraisal should research the differences betwixt Alberta’s effect to the archetypal question of COVID-19 with consequent waves, including by looking astatine the effectiveness of its organisation of vaccines and its connection efforts with respect to vaccines, the interaction of the pandemic and the effect to it connected health-care workers, the interaction connected intelligence wellness and deferred aesculapian procedures, investigating and interaction tracing and however capableness to bash those things changes implicit time, impacts connected susceptible radical successful nine and economical impacts.

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Supporting health-care labour capacity

The KPMG study recommends that the provincial authorities “continue to show adaptability successful addressing workforce needs.”

READ MORE: Alberta researcher focusing connected supporting intelligence wellness of health-care workers 

“It volition beryllium important to show intelligence wellness and wellness of the workforce, peculiarly arsenic deaths successful the strategy increase,” the study adds.

Increase uptake erstwhile it comes to supports for businesses

When it comes to small- and medium-sized businesses, the study recommends Alberta travel up with a mode of expanding uptake erstwhile it comes to supports aimed astatine benefiting them.

READ MORE: Alberta expands fiscal enactment to tiny and mean businesses amid COVID-19 pandemic 

“The operation of debased uptake, observable economical diminution and interest astir viability of businesses going guardant suggest that disposable backing should beryllium maximized,” the study finds.

“This whitethorn necessitate assemblage engagement and/or accommodation to thresholds.”

Working with municipalities connected responding to the pandemic

When it comes to moving with municipalities successful the province, the study notes that the province’s implementation of nationalist wellness measures could beryllium much effectual “through person collaboration and accrued two-way communication.”

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“The reappraisal to day has identified galore instances wherever adjacent connection betwixt municipalities, the state and/or AHS has been required. Examples were identified of positive, productive collaborations — and besides of opportunities missed,” the study reads.

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“Larger municipalities are already contributing important resources and enactment to the implementation of provincial measures — arsenic good arsenic to addressing section circumstances and assemblage needs. This enactment could beryllium much effective, businesslike and amended aligned done person collaboration and accrued two-way communication.”

Health minister’s bureau responds to review

When asked for a effect to the report, a spokesperson for Shandro’s office, Brett Boyden, issued a connection to Global News that said “the study shows Alberta was connected the close way and connected par with different provinces dealing with the aboriginal stages of an unprecedented planetary pandemic.”

“Alberta has made important advancement connected proposal No. 3 (supporting health-care labour capacity),” Boyden said. “Over the past year, Alberta Health Services filled much than 1,000 vacancies for registered nurses. In fact, AHS employs 1,700 much RNs contiguous than successful 2019.

“We privation to convey KPMG for their enactment connected this report, which volition assistance pass Alberta’s attack to wide emergencies successful the future.”

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Official Opposition responds to report

Following the merchandise of the report, the Official Opposition suggested it believes the authorities has not followed done connected KPMG’s recommendations to date,

“What we spot successful this study is that (Premier) Jason Kenney was warned backmost successful January, if not earlier, astir the issues we are presently facing and contempt wide recommendations, helium did thing to forestall them,” NDP Deputy Leader Sarah Hoffman said successful a written statement.

“While I volition beryllium reviewing the report’s recommendations further, it is abundantly wide that Jason Kenney and the United Conservatives failed Albertans successful the archetypal wave, learned thing from the 2nd question and ignored these recommendations up of the 3rd wave.”

READ MORE: NDP renews telephone for Alberta authorities to merchandise 3rd-party reappraisal connected its handling of COVID-19

Hoffman besides questioned wherefore the study was not made nationalist months agone and wherefore it was released precocious connected a Friday day erstwhile it yet was made public.

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