September 26, 2016

Alberta Health Services screw-up leads to loss of local landmark and $430K bill for taxpayers

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

An Alberta Health Services screw-up is costing the town of Rocky Mountain House their local landmark and Alberta taxpayers $430,000.

The town’s decommissioned water tower has been the Rocky Mountain House landmark bearing the town’s motto for over 50 years. But now because AHS consultants failed to take into account the proximity of the water tower to where AHS was constructing the new hospital helipad, the tower will be torn down. The cost of the tear down is pegged at $430,000.

There are thousands of managers at Alberta Health services, yet not a single one bothered to google aviation regulations.

Imagine if this were a private company making this huge expensive screw up of nearly half a million dollars. How many people would be fired over this or at the very least held accountable and forced to answer for their massive mistake? Sadly, with government only one person will be held accountable for this expensive mistake: The Alberta Taxpayer.

And the AHS bureaucrats just don’t get it. They promise to spare the town the cost of demolition. AHS says they will foot the bill to tear down a piece of Rocky history.

While it’s good that the town of Rocky Mountain House won’t have to absorb the half million dollar AHS boondoggle, it’s unclear why AHS thinks there is a second income stream that funds them exclusively. There is only one taxpayer in this province. The taxpayers of Rocky will be paying for this wreck whether it comes out of AHS allocated funds or their municipal taxes.

What happened in Rocky Mountain House with their town landmark is exactly what's wrong with government and Alberta Health Services in particular.

There are too many managers and not enough concern for taxpayers to bother doing their jobs properly.

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commented 2016-09-27 07:48:50 -0400
Jay Kelly you are a complete liar and don’t know what you are talking about. The town had absolutely no say or involvement in the decisions. And the option the government isn’t talking about is what the Feds said would be cheaper, to paint the tower in proper colour pattern at a fraction of the cost. Foad jay you are a liar!
commented 2016-09-27 03:00:57 -0400
I don’t get it. Move the helipad.
commented 2016-09-27 02:18:23 -0400
If the tower had a hammer and sickle on it they would left it alone.
commented 2016-09-27 02:17:30 -0400
They need to look up the term DUE DILIGENCE. How noble of them not to make Rocky pay for their ignorance.
commented 2016-09-26 23:23:42 -0400
Alberta Health Services and the town of Rocky Mountain House did screw up. This is an expensive project that might have been avoided.

The mistake has been made. Let’s get on with things.
commented 2016-09-26 20:13:38 -0400
Flattest place on earth.
commented 2016-09-26 20:12:47 -0400
You might also want to check out the Steinbach, Manitoba Bethesda Hospital fiasco. The brain trust managed to build a hospital on the latest place on earth with a second story entrance but with no drive up provision. Instead they built a 110" long ramp that old folks had to push their loved ones up.

It also had no way to get from the emergency room area to the rest of the hospital. There was such a hew and cry that after public consultation (that I was apart of) they have spent millions more to screw it up again. Slightly better but a laughingstock all the same.

Oh, those NDP. They sure know how to take care of their friends. Unless they need a hospital.
commented 2016-09-26 18:52:49 -0400
No surprise! These are snivel sarvants under an NDP leadership. Who could ever expect there to be accuracy and responsibility from such imbeciles! And Rocky Mountain along with Alberta taxpayers will have to pay for these idiots!!!!
commented 2016-09-26 18:38:18 -0400
No surprise.

There was probably an effort made to find someone to discus air regs in that part of the world – but the Canadian government demands they be bi-lang. This despite the international language of aviation being English.
commented 2016-09-26 17:57:03 -0400
Oh hell, AHS can always fire personnel that don’t contribute to health care directly like the bureaucrats do. You know, occupations like nurses, nurse assistants, lab techs, therapists, therapy assistants, emergency doctors, paramedics, ambulance drivers/pilots, etc. There must be many areas of fat like this that can be cut to make up for an innocent mistake by a bureaucrat working hard at leisure.