Kenney says the superlab is nothing more than what he calls a bureaucratic “boondoggle” to reorganize lab tests that are already handled effectively by the private sector.
The NDP is spending $640m on its 'superlab' boondoggle. This is money that should be spent on patient care and hospitals, not building new bureaucratic empires.
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) March 11, 2019
He says cancelling the superlab would save taxpayers $590 million, which could be directed to front-line care.
“You can get better bang for the taxpayers buck through choice and competition rather than through a monopoly provider, that’s what economic history teaches us. What the NDP is trying to do is to create, effectively, one monopoly buyer.”
The facility is part of a broader NDP government plan to integrate lab services by 2022 at two major hubs one in Edmonton and one at the Calgary Cancer Centre, which is under construction.
Alberta’s health minister though says those plans are ‘short-sighted and wrongheaded.’
“There’s fencing and snow clearing and work is underway. For Mr. Kenney to think that he can just wave a wand and go back in time, I think it’s wrong, I think it would be problematic and I think it would be bad for the healthcare outcomes of people in Edmonton and north.”
It’s been less than a month since Kenney signed his “Public Health Guarantee”, and he is already out advocating for privatization.
— Sarah Hoffman (@shoffmanAB) March 12, 2019
Kenney’s plan would also revisit a strategy to put all lab services under government control.
Mike Parker, president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta says the current Edmonton lab used by DynaLife is ‘stretched to the breaking point.’