A group of 17 mayors sent a letter to health minister Jason Copping about the common issues surrounding health care delivery in their communities. (Advocate file photo)

A group of 17 mayors sent a letter to health minister Jason Copping about the common issues surrounding health care delivery in their communities. (Advocate file photo)

Mayors lobby for change in healthcare delivery

A group of 17 mayors have come together to lobby the government for changes in healthcare services

Mayors in Central Alberta have joined together to lobby the provincial government for changes in how healthcare is delivered in their communities.

A letter was written by the group of 17 mayors to provincial health minister Jason Copping requesting to meet in order to share their concerns, explore possible solutions and explore ways to make Central Alberta a health care employment destination of choice.

“Our attempts to collaborate with and inform AHS Central Zone of our communities’ concerns have not resulted in any outcomes and it would appear that our efforts/concerns are not being considered at this level…With no end in sight nor a clear path forward, we feel the need to address these concerns before they become an unmanageable crisis,” the group of mayors said in their letter.

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For residents of Sylvan Lake healthcare is a major concern, Mayor Megan Hanson said.

“Healthcare is of major concern to our residents, and we need to ensure that our region is treated equally to other areas of the province when it comes to both funding and representation.”

The group of mayors through meetings and discussions over the past months have identified a number of common challenges and concerns including health care service levels, staffing challenges, EMS shortfalls, inequities in health care funding to Central Alberta communities and Emergency Department closures.

“We all are facing similar challenges with physician shortages, inadequate facilities, and overall strains on our local healthcare systems. In our area, the frequent closures of the AACS is a regular reminder that our healthcare system has room for improvement,” Hanson said.

A response to the letter has not yet been received at this time.


 

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