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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Alberta sees net gain of 246 doctors this year over 2019

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The Alberta government says for the first time ever, more than 11,000 doctors have registered to practice in this province representing a net gain of 246 doctors over 2019 – an increase of 2.3%.

Broken down by gender, there was a net gain of 173 female doctors and 73 male doctors.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says this report shows doctors continue to choose to live and practice in Alberta in impressive numbers, and for good reason.

“Alberta pays more than any other province, has lower taxes, and now has the most attractive compensation package available for rural and remote doctors in Canada,” stated Shandro in a news release on Wednesday.

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Even with the record number of docs across Alberta though, that’s not the case in this part of the province. Across AHS South Zone, there was actually a net loss of four doctors over the past year.

The report from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta shows the City of Lethbridge has 310 doctors registered here. That’s three more than in 2019.

In the July to September third quarter, there was an inflow of 294 and an outflow of 47, leaving a net gain of 247 doctors.

(Files from Government of Alberta, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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