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Pincher Creek doctors to continue hospital shifts after threatening not to work

Pincher Creek doctors will continue to work shifts in the local hospital despite threatening not to, (iStock)

PINCHER CREEK (660 NEWS) – The mayor of Pincher Creek says doctors in the community have decided to keep working at the local hospital after the town council convinced them.

Doctors in the southwestern Alberta community had decided to forgo doing hospital shifts beginning Aug. 1 in the ongoing contract dispute with the province.

In a Facebook post Thursday morning, Mayor Don Anderberg says AHS doesn’t deserve any credit for the doctors’ change of mind.

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“It may look like you have someone to blame (…) but the truth of the matter is our local doctors should be applauded for helping to avert an unmitigated disaster in healthcare in our community.”

In a news release, AHS says some doctors said they wouldn’t be available in August due to vacations and that they were able to find other temporary physicians to cover hospital shifts.

Now, some Pincher Creek doctors have agreed to cover other shifts through the month of August.