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Southern Alberta E.R. docs write letter of concern to UCP government

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A group of southern Alberta emergency room doctors has written a letter to Premier Jason Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro, and local UCP MLAs concerned about provincial changes on the horizon to the health care system.

In the letter, signed by 36 E.R. physicians in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, the doctors say they’re “deeply concerned that as early as April, emergency departments in this region will begin to be overwhelmed due to reductions in local primary and specialist care”.

The docs point out, for instance, daily visit caps on community physicians will shorten or eliminate some evening walk-in clinics, meaning that will push a lot more people to local hospital emergency rooms instead.

The ER doctors also write the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) has repeatedly expressed its willingness to return to the negotiating table “to find sustainable decreases in health spending that will not have draconian and devastating effects on the foundation of Albertan’s medical care.” The southern Alberta physicians say the AMA was “not willing to consider” the government’s proposals “they will immediately harm patients, and they will not save money.”

The letter is urging the UCP government to put a hold on these changes coming as soon as next month and go back to the bargaining table with doctors “to find actual financial savings in Alberta’s health care system.”

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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