Swann blasts NDP on mental health review
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Swann blasts NDP on mental health review

Liberal Leader David Swann is pushing the NDP government to take more action on the mental health review released well over a year ago.

Swann co-chaired the review, which released a report with 32 recommendations in February, 2016.

The government said at the time that financial constraints meant it could only act upon six of the proposals, including new medical detox beds to treat addictions.

But in the legislature Thursday, Swann said he expected the government to be showing more progress and he called on the NDP to fully implement the report.

"Tragically, we continue to see increasing incidents of mental illness and addictions across Alberta, including opiates and preventable deaths, now approaching two per day," he said.

Swann said the government should be moving on reforms to the primary care system, more timely access to opioid treatment clinics and additional assistance for first responders.

NDP Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said the government intended to give a full update soon on its actions on the mental health review soon but insisted the government is making progress.

She said the health deal signed with the federal government earlier this year sees additional dollars flowing to mental health and addictions.

jwood@postmedia.com 

source : Calgary SUN
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