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Prentice Will Foster Local Autonomy and Improve Delivery in Health Care

Calgary – Albertans are seeking a leader who will respect and foster more local autonomy, local decision-making and local governance – all with a view to improving health care outcomes, said PC Leadership Candidate Jim Prentice at a speech this afternoon.

“In terms of health care, my plan for action begins from the belief that Albertans must have input in local decisions,” said Prentice. “We don’t need to restructure the delivery system, but a renewed focus on local involvement in decision making will improve service delivery.”

In his speech, Jim Prentice also committed to restoring Alberta’s status a leader in health care innovation with an increased focus on preventative care.

“In health care, as in education, it is outcomes that matter most. These structures and systems exist to serve people,” said Prentice. “The job of government is to ensure they are properly funded, properly run and properly motivated – so they can deliver the greatest benefits to the widest number of people. Under my leadership, they will be.”

Today’s announcement follows Prentice’s speech in Edmonton where he said he would reprioritize Alberta’s capital infrastructure plan to build over 40 new schools that the province needs, in addition to the existing commitment from the government to build 50 schools and modernize 70 more.

Over the next three months, Prentice will continue traveling across the province to hear from Albertans on what needs to be done to ensure the greatest benefits are delivered to the widest number of people in healthcare and education. Prentice will foster local autonomy and improve delivery in health care.

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