Thursday, August 23, 2012
... because they're the kind of animal that bites back!
Those who read last week's expose in the Pass Herald on the mould issue at our local hospital (not available on line), including Lindsay's Outlook, may be surprised to hear that this story has now gone provincial, with the release of the following Calgary Herald article:
The Calgary Herald
By Don Braid
Braid: AHS apologizes to young reporter for bully tactics
Mould was discovered months ago in two rooms of the Crowsnest Pass Health Centre in Blairmore, but Alberta Health Services failed to disclose this publicly, electing instead to quietly fix the problem.
"That's where I stepped in," says publisher Lisa Sygutek.
"I called the AHS person and said 'who the hell do you think you are, trying to get a copy of my story before it goes in the paper?
Why do you want to edit our story? Don't you understand freedom of the press?' "
The paper's owner and editor since 1953, Bud Slapak, adds angrily: "The civil servants treat the hospitals like something sacred they own. Some of them are so arrogant. They seem to think we're subjects of theirs."
read the whole story here.
Comment: The following is what I wrote in the comment section of the Calgary Herald...
"Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers."
Knowing Buddy and the crew at the Pass Herald, I believe the above quote is the motto they live by. Good on them! Only an independent newspaper would have the balls to stand up to those in their ivory towers.
UPDATE: Further to the above story. This time with our own Dr. Allan Garbutt weighing in...
Officials defend keeping quiet on hospital mould issue
When the media refuses to inform and the public no longer questions, that truly is the beginning of the end of democracy.