Eight doctors have followed through on their plans to resign their privileges at the Sundre Hospital, the NDP government says.
The decision to leave is in response to Health Minister Tyler Shandro tearing up the province’s contract with Alberta’s doctors, the opposition government added.
Dr. Michelle Warren reportedly said she and her colleagues will focus on protecting their clinic.
“Nothing has changed for our group,” said Warren in a statement released by the NDP.
“The government is doing what they decide to do, when they decide to do it, without any involvement of the Alberta Medical Association, without any involvement of physicians, without any real idea as to what they’re messing with.”
“I feel like we are settling in for a siege, and between COVID and the UCP, we are just going to try to survive and wait them both out,” Warren said.
The Sundre doctors were among the first to announce their plans to resign from the hospital in early April.
Doctors have announced upcoming hospital resignations or clinic closures in Athabasca, Rocky Mountain House, Canmore, Cochrane, Okotoks, Peace River, Rimbey, Westlock, Three Hills, Bragg Creek, Drayton Valley, Cold Lake, Lacombe, Pincher Creek, Fort McMurray, Ponoka and Claresholm.