08/04/2015 20:08 EDT | Updated 08/04/2016 01:12 EDT

Edmonton doctor wants progress made on dispute between competing laboratories

EDMONTON — An Edmonton doctor is urging the province to move ahead with talks and transition planning with Sonic Healthcare Ltd.

That’s the Australian-based company scheduled to take over lab services in the Edmonton region after the Alberta Health Services contract with DynaLife comes to an end in March 2016.

DynaLife filed an appeal last November, citing concerns with the bid process for the contract.

The results of that appeal are are expected to be made public later this month.

Sonic was awarded a $3 billion contract last October and plans to construct a massive new lab, possibly near the University of Alberta.

Dr. Shelley Duggan, the president of the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association, says everybody is in limbo which has left them with many lingering questions.

Duggan says the decision to go with Sonic took years and that privatization of lab services isn’t new as DynaLife is also a private company.

“What are we going to do when that lab lease is up?" she says. "It’s not a matter of saying we can keep going the way we’re going, we don’t have a plan and what we really need is a decision to move forward because we’re worried about lab services."



The Canadian Press