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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta vi 'y hospital staff shortage 'affecting quality of care' By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer First of three Shortages of certain staff in the two Lethbridge hospitals are having an effect on the quality of patient care, say hospital employees and union officials. Staff shortages in the hospitals are affecting various areas including laboratory, nursing orderlies and aides, housekeeping and laundry staff, say union officials. Some nurses contacted by The Herald in the Lethbridge Municipal and St. Michael's Hospitals say they work extremely hard and do not have enough time to spend with each patient. The nurses, who asked that their names be withheld, say there seems to be a shortage of nurses in some areas but they are able to keep up with the increased work load. One nurse says it is not the quality of care that is affected but only the amount of time a nurse is able to spend with one patient. Olive Faulds, director of nursing for LMH, says there are certain areas in the hospital that are sometimes short of trained nurses but there are no current shortages. It has been a problem at the hospital to get specially trained nurses for such areas as psy- chiatry and obstetrics. This "of course" affects the quality if a person has to be trained for specialist care. The care would be better'if the nurses joined the staff ful- ly trained, she said. But, She added, the shortage situation felt dur- ing the summer here has never reached the proportions that other Alberta hospitals have Edmonton's University Hospital was forced to hire nurses from Great Britain last summer because of the severe shortage they faced and other hospitals had to close certain wings because of shortages. At St. Michael's, Inez Kelly, director of nur- sing, that hospital has a full quota of nurses but fewer applications than before. She said the situation is not critical and the hospital is operating normally. However, a nurse in the hospital says if the nursing staff increased, nurses could do more for the patients. The work load of the nurses is heavy and each nurse has less time to spend with a patient than they would like. Health science representatives in the two hospitals say they feel shortages in their areas are having a direct bearing on the quality of care received by patients. Irene Scarth, who represents that association in St. Michael's, says it is the patient who has to be affected in the long run by the increasing pressure on a staff short on manpower. Ms Scarth, a lab technologist, says because the lab staff is short about five people, some lab test results may take longer to complete and this directly involves the patient. The hospital is not to be blamed, she says, because shortages in health science workers are growing across Alberta. Representative for health science workers at LMH, Bill Nykiforuk, agrees the increased burden on staff will ultimately affect patient care He added the health science workers, which include lab technologists, x-ray technicians, psy- chiatric nurses, dietary and medical records staff, are barely coping with the workload in their various areas. Nap Milroy, field representative for the Cana- dian Union of Public Employees, says in his opi- nion the staff he represents are overworked also. He said there is a shortage of housekeeping staff at the Southland Nursing Home and a shor- tage of staff in the huge central laundry at LMH. Purnell's bid for candidacy raises dust By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Alberta's deputy minister of agriculture will take a leave of absence to join a hotly- contested Progressive Conser- vative nomination race in the Cardston provincial con- stituency. Glen. Purnell, 43, will hand over the reigns of the deputy nwustership, at least tem- porarily, to J. G. O'Donoghue, now an assistant deputy minister Dr. O'Donoghue will become acting deputy minister Oct. 15 Although Dr. Purnell is a native of Cardson, his decision to seek the nomination is be- ing met with some opposition from Southern residents. Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bob Clark has already demanded Dr, PurneU's resignation. "If he's going to take a leave of absence for political reasons, it should be a permanent says Mr. Clark. "The deputy minister's post is supposed to be a non- political job" and "we object to the government having in that job a person with partisan political leanings Announcement no surprise The Social Credit house leader said Dr. Purnell should "resign even if he loses the nomination set for Nov 13 in Raymond High School. Dr PurneU's announcement of his candidacy Wednesday was no surprise He has been considering the move to politics from the civil service for some time. "I am taking a leave of absence according to provin- cial government policy as dis- cussed with Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer and Premier Lougheed, "Dr Purnell said. "I feel it is the fair way to do he said. "The policy does not exclude a responsible group of people from seeking election "If I am not successful in winning the nomination I would have to consider return- ing to the position, or resigning." The policy on top civil ser- vants seeking political office was arrived at after examin- ing how other governments dealt with the matter, he said. "The premier feels if a civil servant wants to try his hand in the political field, he should have that Joe Hutton, the premier's press secretary, said today. "The premier has made that statement before." He said the premier did not plan to reply to Mr. Clark's de- mand that Dr. Purnell resign Dr Homer was not im- mediately available for com- ment. Three opponents Dr. Purnell will face two and possibly three opponents in the battle for the nomina- tion that is turning into a main event Lawrence Kearl, 65, a Cardston rancher, and John Thomson, 50, a Spring Coulee farmer, are running against Dr. Purnell. Dennis Burt, former mayor of Cardston, is still consider- ing the race. But he is not in the best of graces with the local constituency executive. The Conservatives' can- didate in the 1967 provincial election, Larry Lang, lost to Social Credit candidate, Alvin Bullock, by only 428 votes. Mr. Burl's run as an Independent Conservative garnered him 573 votes, just enough to "steal" the election from Mr. Lang, according to a member of the executive. This time, Social Credit MLA Ted Hinman is retiring and Conservatives feel a strong candidate can overturn the slim 439-vote margin Mr. Hinman held in the 1571 elec- tion. The Socreds met in Cardston last night to consider their own battle plans. A nomination date has not been set and the search is on for a candidate. Given the game plan that a Conservative can upset whoever the Socreds choose to contest the next election winn- ing the PC nomination is also a guarantee of a seat in the legislature. So this week, the PC hopefuls enthusiastically scooped up membership cards in the Conservative Party to sell to supporters. Dr. Purnell picked up membership cards, Mr Kearl 750 and Mr. Thompson 600. Impressive team Dr. Purneli has already assembled an impressive campaign team in hopes of sweeping tbe nomination. At the head is Cardston Mayor Lloyd Gregson, campaign manager Co-campaign managers are rancher Don Remington and farmer Charles Ackroyd. Hec- tor Barnes and Robert Low of Cardston are involved in tbe campaign'as is Fred Glad- stone of the Blood Reserve, son of the late Senator Glad- stone. Mr. Kearl. who returned to a ranch in the constituency after a career in Calgary business, has also been active- ly campaigning in the past months Mr. Thompson has started organizing support in centres around tbe constituency. His campaign team headed by wife Levaun Thompson meets next Tuesday night to plot strategy. An undercurrent of tension has surfaced in spots as tbe campaigns get under way. Some long-time Conservative supporters are uncomfortable about Dr Pumell's can- didacy. Dr. Purnell said he has only been a PC officially for a matter of weeks during a telephone inter- view from his ranch near Cardston. Other long-time Conser- vatives support his candidacy and are involved in his cam- paign. "I'm not aware of that much tension bat I expect there mil be Robert Campbell of Del Bonita, PC association president, said Wednesday. "He may be a relative new- comer to tbe party but they're long-time residents. It might be discussed privately but it's not a big Mr. Campbell said. Despite candidates assuring each other of a friendly cam- pa ign, opponents of Dr. Purnell use words like "parachuting" and "oppor- tunistic" to describe bis can- didacy. That's nonsense, says Dr Purnell. "I'ma borne product I'm proud to be from flie area. My parents -and my wife's parents weie homesteaders in tins country." The Lcthbrttiqe Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, OCfOBER 10, 1974 15 Cents 36 Pages Retaliation planned against Canadian beef quotas U.S. may cut other imports Wilson fears voter apathy STATE TROOPER STANDS GUARD AT RIOT-TORN SCHOOL Police patrol Boston schoolyards BOSTON (AP) A force of 450 Massachusetts state and Metropolitan policemen pa- trolled school yards and street corners in South Boston today to help quell racial violence and enforce court-ordered busing of school children. Busloads of black children quietly entered schools in the neighborhood. The extra policemen, out- fitted with riot gear, were ordered into the area by Gov. Francis Sargent after a federal judge rejected Mayor Kevin White's request for 125 federal marshals to help keep the peace. They were placed under tbe command of Boston Police Commissioner Robert diGrazia and Police Supt. Joseph Jordan. "They will protect the buses, the children and the diGrazia said. No Herald on Monday The Herald will not publish Monday, Thanksgiving Day. Display advertisers are reminded of tbe following deadlines for advertisements: Ads to appear Thursday, Oct 17 must be received by 5 p.m Friday, Oct. 11. Classified ads received up to 11.30 a.m. Saturday will appear Tuesday. Classified Comics District...........21 Family..........24-26 Local News. Markets...........29 Sports..........1M7 TV.................6 Weather...........3 Youth..............8 LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH FRI. C9; SUNNY, MILD. Huge investments will prevent Third World WASHINGTON (CP) The White House will propose today that the United States retaliate against "livestock and livestock products" from Canada because of a continu- ing quota that affects American cattle and beef exports, it was learned Wednesday. A notice in the Federal Register is to call for comments from the industry and public on a proposal to retaliate against Canadian imports of livestock and products, but without specifying the particular imports to be affected, a senior U.S. agriculture department source said. The government will accept comments for only 15 minimum un- der a law which could have granted up to 90 days for de- ciding what specific action to take. The notice is being publish-, ed by the office of President utter catastrophe, should it Ford's special trade vote Labor. representative, which has acted as co-ordinator of proposed U-S government ac- tions in the festering case of Canadian quotas The U.S. warned Ottawa that it would retaliate nearly a month ago after Canada de- clined to give the American cattle industry relief from a quojta system set up Aug. 2 to limit the flow of foreign cattle and beef products to the Cana- dian market U.S. agriculture department officials said last week that retaliation might not be limited only to quotas on Canadian cattle and beef but might also affect imports of other agricultural com- modities. Bull semen and pork products were mentioned at the time. A department study publish- ed last week said the Canadian quotas would cost the U.S. some million in sales for the year they are scheduled to be in effect. It blamed a re- cent influx of U.S. cattle into Canada on supply problems in Canada caused by a two-year- old grading charge denied by Canadian spokesmen here. In a submission to the Gen- eva-based General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Canada has argued that the quotas are justified because of continuing market distortions created by U.S. actions in a curb on exports of cattle feed and partly the U.S. experiment with price ceilings on domestic beef. The White House now is act- ing under die 1962 Trade Ex- pansion Act which permits it to retaliate when another country "unjustifiably" denies access to American products. There was no immediate in- dication when tbe U.S. might actually impose restraints on Canadian imports, since tbe government t would presumably need some time to study the submissions it receives at the public bearings and in briefs from those interested. Herald London Bureau LONDON Britain's elec- torate, frayed by the ravages of inflation, goes to the polls today to try to settle the ques- tion it left in mid-air last February. Scattered showers forecast for many parts of the country can only increase Harold Wil- son's fears of the old Labor party voter's; disease of apathy in the rain. No less disturbing to him is entering the final day with opinion polls he has called "the harlots of proprietorial journalism" combining to forecast his victory, another reason for Labor voters to refuse to leave the fireside. The most striking event of the last day of electioneering was the picture unfolded by Tory Leader Edward Heath of a Britain poised on the edge of This Britain, "poor, socialist and alone" that he foresaw, reminded seasoned election-watchers of his apocalyptic speech in Glasgow, in which he said: "The threat we are facing to- day is the greatest that any nation can face short of war it- self. Unless we take action to avert it, we are faced with tbe threat of national bankrupt- cy." That was in 1966. He had been'accentuating this theme in recent days, starting with last Thursday night's assertion that a Labor victory would mean "the end of the British way of life." In Yorkshire, on Tuesday, he said the situation today-re- minded him of his "desperate forebodings" in the days just before the last war. House approves strike-ending bill OTTAWA (CP) Back-to- work legislation to end the six- week Vancouver grain- handlers strike received final approval in the Com- mons today. The legislation, which now goes to the Senate, was passed by a voice vote without debate. The Conservatives op- posed the bill. Following debate in the Sen- ate, the bill must be given royal assent. It becomes law the day after royal assent The legislation ends the strike and imposes a settle- ment based on a conciliation report prepared by Dr. Neil Perry of Victoria. Henry Kancs, secretary- treasurer of tbe 550-member Grain Workers' Union, said Wednesday tbe workers would return to their jobs and could have export grain moving again by Tuesday if the legislation is passed without delay. The strike against five grain elevators has virtually halted the flow of grain out of Van- couver and brought com- plaints from Chinese and Japanese buyers. New Ywt Times Service WASHINGTON Only by such drastic measures as an- nual investments of billion in the developing countries can the industrializ- ed work! avert apocalyptic up- heavals, according to an inter- national study made public here today. The study is probably die most elaborate effort so far to make computer-based projec- tions of long-range werid developments. Tbe program tested various lines of attack on such interrelated problems as global population growth and tbe increasingly critical shortages of food and fuel. The project has been carried out by a West German American team on behalf of the Club of Rome. The Club of Rome is an international group of in- dustrialists, scientists, economists and sociologists that sponsored an earlier study, carried out at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It results in a report, "the limits to that was criticized in some quarters as being oversimplified and placing too much emphasis on "doom- sday" predictions. The new project is critical of the earlier one. It calls for "organic" growth, rather than a halt to growth that, in tbe words of its co-leader, Dr. Mihajlo Mesarovic, would ine- qualities." "Organic" growth of the world economy would be controlled much like the growth of a body. It would per- mit "differentiation" of tbe growth factor into many lines of development just as differentiation enables tbe body to develop various At present economic growth, according to the pro- ject report, nude public here today, is uncontrolled. Tbe leaders of tbe project are Dr. Mesarovic of tbe systems research center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Dr. Eduard Pestd, director of the institute of mechanics at the tecnical university in Hanover, West Germany. About town Vera Fergnoa gazing at all tbe empty chairs in council chambers Monday and wmideiuig aloud where all tbe council hopefuls were Ltoyi Weightoun repeating an earlier message to a Women's Place meeting that women shouldn't have muscles. -f ,r ;