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Nursing Cuts In Airdrie, Cochrane, Won't Happen Pending Review: AHS

01/18/2013 06:14 EST | Updated 03/20/2013 05:12 EDT
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CALGARY - Nurse practitioners will not be removed from two urgent care centres in central Alberta.

Alberta Health Services said in a release that it is rescinding a decision to remove nurse practitioners from the centres in Airdrie and Cochrane.

It said it made the decision after hearing this week from physicians, nurse practitioners and other staff at the Airdrie centre about workload and other issues facing them.

AHS says it will do a review in 60 days and look at staffing.

On Thursday, the Opposition Wildrose party made public that staff at the urgent care centres had received memos advising them that nurse practitioners would be cut.

Later that day, Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne was asked about the cuts at a news conference and he disputed that, saying officials were discussing the best way to utilize both the physicians and the nurse practitioners.

"We apologize to the physicians, nurse practitioners, staff and to the communities for the confusion," said the release issued Friday afternoon by Dr. Francois Belanger, senior vice-president and medical director for the Calgary Zone and Brenda Huband, senior vice-president, Calgary Zone.

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