Personal and Patient Autonomy
Personal and Patient Autonomy
A Jean government will make changes to:
1. ... the Alberta Bill of Rights and the Public Health Act to reaffirm that the Bill of Rights has
paramountcy, and that Section 1 of the Charter does not extinguish the Alberta Bill of Rights.
2. ... the Public Health Act to explicitly clarify that every Albertan has complete rights to personal medical autonomy and bodily autonomy and cannot be made to submit to a medical intervention. No mandatory vaccines.
3. ...reaffirm in the Health Professions Act the principle of patient autonomy. An informed patient can refuse treatment, can request safe treatment even if off-label, can even, under law, request medical assistance in dying. A health professional has, and should have, conscience rights to refuse to help a patient in any of these circumstances. But, likewise, a health professional should not be punished for respecting the informed personal medical autonomy of an individual patient and acting on their safe and ethical requests.
4. ... the Public Health Act to clearly establish that the CMOH makes recommendations to the cabinet, the cabinet makes the decisions, and the CMOH is empowered to implement the decisions.
5. ...the Public Health Act to require that the CMOH have a formal Public Health Advisory Board that includes a minimum of one third of its members having emergency preparedness expertise and that the names of the members of the public health advisory board be made public. Board members and the CMOH must declare any conflicts of interest.
6. ... the Public Health Act to require that the CMOH publicly report on a continual basis which scientific studies and public or private data are being used in the development of policy and recommendations.
7. ... the Public Health Act to require the CMOH to make public the recommended treatment protocols for any disease which has resulted in a public health emergency declaration.
8. ... the Public Health Act to require that any public health restrictions enacted under the act must be affirmed by a free vote of the Legislature within 60 days and every 90 days thereafter.
9. ... the Public Health Act to require that at the conclusion of any public health emergency which resulted in rights restrictions that a public inquiry be held to review the decisions made and the evidence used and to make recommendations on future changes.
10. ...the Public Health Act to establish a "religious and other assemblies advisory council" to consult with the CMOH on ways to protect the fundamental right of religious assembly and public protest during public health emergencies.
11. ... the Public Health Act to require that any communication or direction from the CMOH to health profession regulators be made public.
12. ... the Public Health Act and the Regional Health Authorities Act to require that AHS continues to report publicly on health data and outcomes during any public health emergency.
13. ... labour and occupational laws and regulations requiring that private and public sector employers have an obligation to make reasonable employment accommodations for employees who wish to exercise personal medical autonomy.
14. ... labour and occupational regulations establishing that termination of an employee for medical autonomy issues in circumstances where reasonable accommodations were not offered means that an employee was dismissed without cause" and that the employee is entitled to "extraordinary severance."