A news release from the Wildrose party suggests a survey of Alberta Health Services employees paints a bleak picture of the province’s healthcare system but the math the opposition used to get those numbers don’t reflect the results of the actual survey.
Team Wildrose appears to have added the percentages of both negative and neutral responses, lumping them all in as negative.
For example, the opposition claimed the results showed 36 per cent of employees wouldn’t feel safe getting heath care from AHS but the In fact, only 11 per cent responded somewhat or strongly negatively toward feeling safe about the care in Alberta’s system, while 25 per cent gave a neutral response. 64 per cent gave a positive response.
In another example, the Wildrose said 43 per cent of employees are not satisfied with AHS as a place to work. In the actual survey results, 13 per cent gave a negative response, 30 per cent were neutral and 57 per cent were positive.
Wildrose Health critic Tany Yao defended the math used to arrive at the numbers suggesting the neutral responses did not show a “vote of confidence” by employees.
“This is about our health care system and a neutral impression is not a vote of confidence,” explained Yao. “It is clear that there is obviously areas of improvement that should be the focus of these results and there are definitely areas where they can improve.”
Yao feels AHS employees would have a stronger showing of support if they were confident in the system.
“It is just disappointing that they wouldn’t give that positive vote of confidence if they truly believed in our healthcare system,” explained Yao. “The question was if they feel confident in our health system and the fact that these are health care workers provided a neutral response to me certainly isn’t positive.”
Yet, one question about whether workers got enough praise in the work place had a predominantly negative response all on its own without adding the neutrals but it wasn’t in the news release and Yao didn’t have an answer for why that data was missing.
“That is a very good question, because that definitely demonstrates they don’t necessarily have the strongest workplace that’s positive but no I honestly don’t know why we didn’t focus on that,” explained Yao.
AHS released the results of the survey late Monday following the Wildrose news release, where that party alleged the health service had not disclosed the results in a “transparent manner.” (twd, Newstalk770)