12/11/2013 06:45 EST | Updated 02/10/2014 05:59 EST

Edmonton Private Medical Superab Plan Criticized By Opposition, Union

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EDMONTON - Opposition parties and a union are blasting the Alberta government's decision to seek proposals for a $3 billion private medical superlab in Edmonton.

The plan calls for a corporation to build and run a state-of-the-art lab facility under a public-private partnership.

Liberals and New Democrats say privatizing such a key part of the health system will not benefit Albertans.

NDP health critic Dave Eggen says pathologists have raised concerns about how a private lab might affect patient safety and quality of care.

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees also opposes the plan.

Alberta Health Services says it wants competitive bids before the end of March, and promises no workers will lose their jobs under the plan.

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