Trudy Richardson worked as staff supervisor at Boyle Street Co-op and later as education director for the United Nurses of Alberta. She became involved in Friends of Medicare in the early 1980s to fight both cuts in health funding and physician extra-billing. Later she became active in FOM’s struggles to protect public delivery of health services and the protections to patients that public delivery could best guarantee. She also fought to protect unionization and professionalism in health services.
Keywords: United Nurses of Alberta – education director – publications – Boyle McCauley Health Centre – National Action Committee – Klein cutbacks – Ron Liepert – threats to Medicare – premiums – user fees – Canada Health Act – Gimble clinic