Media releases | February 28, 2023

Advocates say recent reports by the auditor general show Alberta is failing its seniors.

Friends of Medicare and Public Interest Alberta point out that insufficient preparedness, severe care staffing shortages, and outdated infrastructure were among the key findings in the COVID-19 in Continuing Care Facilities report.

“These reports clearly lay out how we’ve failed seniors in long-term care, especially during the early days of the pandemic. But they also highlight the systemic issues we’ve been raising in seniors care in Alberta for many years. The infrastructure challenges, the chronic under-staffing, reliance on a precarious workforce without job security, or benefits or paid sick days,” said Chris Gallaway, Friends of Medicare executive director, in a statement. Read more →