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Alberta Medical Association calls for confidence vote on Tyler Shandro

Last Updated Jul 21, 2020 at 3:55 pm MDT

Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro holds a package of four non-medical masks that will be available to Albertans to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY (660 NEWS)  — The Alberta Medical Association has taken the “unprecedented” step of requesting a confidence vote on the province’s Minister of Health, Tyler Shandro.

The move comes after a special virtual meeting this past weekend, where the governing body of the AMA voted to hold the Confidence Vote Referendum, to understand how physicians feel about Shandro.

Dr. Christine Molnar, president of the AMA, says that the decision comes after a variety of recent difficult events.

“After experiencing months of anxiety in the toxic environment that the minister’s actions have created, combined with shrinking practice revenue and the COVID-19 crisis, many physicians are wondering how they will continue.”

According to a release from the AMA, an internal survey found that 42 per cent of AMA members are considering leaving the province.

“This vote isn’t symbolism, it’s about action. If members tell us they do have confidence in the minister of health, then we will continue to try to work with him, and to engage him in a meaningful way.”

Molnar says that if members do not show confidence in the minister, the AMA’s next course of action will be to request that Premier Jason Kenney gives his personal attention to the matter.

“We will not be demanding the minister be fired. This is a statement about our confidence in the minister of health’s ability to work with physicians, our representative association, and to make decisions that are in the best interests of supporting the public health care system.”

Electronic voting for AMA members starts today and closes July 28.