Letter: AHS responds to local physicians giving up emergency departement privileges

‘We will also make every effort to secure temporary physicians to assist with coverage’

Recent changes to the agreement between Alberta Health (AH) and the province’s physicians have prompted some physicians at the Stettler Hospital and Care Centre to serve notice that they are giving up their privileges in the Emergency Department.

The privileges are connected to the Emergency Department only and do not affect other departments.

We understand this has caused some concern in the community.

We are putting strategies in place to ensure patients continue to receive the care they need. This includes working with physicians who have served notice to establish an adequate transition period that is in the best interest of patients using the process established by AHS and the Alberta Medical Association.

We will also make every effort to secure temporary physicians to assist with coverage. And, in the event that it’s needed, we will redirect patients to nearby sites in the area, with EMS prepared to transport patients as required.

Physicians are critical to the healthcare system. AHS is committed to working with them to ensure Albertans receive timely and appropriate access to safe, high quality, patient care.

Sincerely,

Allan Sinclair

Senior Operating Officer

Central Zone – South

Alberta Health Services

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