12/18/2013 06:26 EST | Updated 02/17/2014 05:59 EST

Alberta Children's Hospital Surgeries Cancelled Due To Staff Shortages, Wildrose Say

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CALGARY - Alberta's Wildrose party says children's surgeries are being cancelled every week due to staff shortages.

But Alberta Health Services' medical director says that's not the reason surgeries were postponed.

Wildrose Health critic Heather Forsyth said Wednesday that doctors have told her that two to three surgeries per week at Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary have been cancelled because there wasn't enough staff.

Forsyth says the families are distraught, having to take their children home without having their surgery.

AHS medical director Dr. Francois Belanger says six surgeries had to be postponed this month, but not because of a staff shortage.

He says it has to do with how the operating room is managed on a day-to-day basis, as well as the patients' medical condition, type of procedure, and what kind of recovery bed is required.

Belanger said all of the surgeries that were postponed have been re-booked.

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