In comments on the preceding article, a subject emerged that was apart from the beginning one but is worthy of separate examination. This is another iceberg type situation: much does not meet the eye and we can expect it will melt away with little trace and be replaced by another with similar attributes.
Why would the British Columbia Ambulance Service/PHSA withhold the results of a costly legal investigation into the conduct of two very public figures: their CEO and COO, who have just resigned under a shroud of “mystery” after 3 months on paid administrative leave? This whole situation is highly unprecedented.
Apparently, there is at least one other person involved. The issue of “privacy” has been used by government spokespersons as the reason for this withholding of information to the general public.
Alex G Tsakumis revealed the troublesome details of this “situation” before his blog went down. I doubt there is one paramedic who doesn’t know the “intimate” details.
Carl Roy, newly appointed President and CEO of the Provincial Health Services Authority hired and oversaw both Michael McDougall CEO,and Les Fisher COO. In paramedic circles, Fisher’s lack of management experience was seen as a glaring deficit. Roy’s seeming lack of due diligence empowered these senior managers to conduct their “private business” with questionable supervision, as witnessed in the separate issue of AG’s Doyle’s audit which revealed a shocking lack of quality control, finances, and outcomes re the Air Ambulance.
Marcella Bernardo of CKNW has called this “mystery” a scandal:
The chair of the Provincial Health Services Authority says he can’t disclose exactly why Les Fisher and Michael MacDougall quit, but Wynne Powell admits the investigation into questionable behaviour continues.
He says, “Well, the investigation is closed in regards to those two individuals, but the aftermath of the investigation is still under way…. It was a personnel matter that individuals had a choice in how they acted.”
My response to the comment:
There are more scandals hidden in the province’s administration of health services. The government action on Therapeutics Initiave was not fully explained nor was the mistreatment of numerous health researchers who were suspended or terminated.
Pharmacare discovered it and large private insurers like Pacific Blue Cross could save millions by refusing coverage to numerous medicines prescribed by doctors, unless the province granted “special authorities” on a case by case basis. To get one of those, a doctor must negotiate with Victoria and many requests are turned down. Doctors may charge patients for making requests for special authorities or, more likely, they’ll turn to second, third or fourth drug choices that are covered or the patient pays 100% of cost, despite having prescription insurance.
This is in addition to the name brand vs generic issue. Insurance companies are relieved of millions while patients pay extra without any reduction in premiums. At the root of these situation, as it is with air ambulance service, is the Liberal policy of pandering to a handful of companies that contribute big dollars to politicians and expect large payments from the public treasury in return.