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Rural health care review panel comes to Edson

by Deanna Mitchener and Dana McArthur Wayne McEachern, assistant town CAO Bridgette rural communities,” said the MLA.
Lemieux, executive director acute programs and “As soon as we are done with our consultations we
Representatives from Edson, Hinton, and Jasper performance North Zone with AHS Lana Hataley, and will very quickly be moving on collecting all the input
gathered at the Red Brick School on February 9 to Tamarack Health Advisory Council chair Ruth Martin and information we have received. From there they
contribute to a provincial health care review focused Williams. will get grouped into themes. We have already started
on rural Alberta. “Each group brought forward their own challenges some grouping as we are already seeing things in
In late September, newly elected Premier Jim and where they were having some difficulties. They common with other communities. From there we will
Prentice assigned Vermilion-Lloydminster MLA Dr. were also good at sharing with us some of the things start drafting the reports,” said Starke.
Richard Starke the task of doing a full health care they found to be successful in their communities,”
review of rural Alberta. said Starke.
“I learned from my travels across Alberta this “We hope to share some of those practices across
summer that many rural communities are seriously the province, knowing that it's not one size of cookie
concerned about health care delivery. So I have tasked cutter approach. Some of these solutions can be
MLA Richard Starke to chair a review panel into the adapted in certain communities to help out, so we
delivery of health care in underserviced rural and have been sharing them along the way,” said the P INSTALLATIONS P
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population of 1,250 people and less, between 1,250 that get made,” said Starke. Email:
and 2,500, and more than 2,500. “We heard some of the difficulties that are being
The committee will then report back to the Minister faced with our rural ambulance providers. Some of
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MLA Starke said, “We have been doing these change in the work they do in rural communities, and
smaller grouped meeting for some time now. In this some of the challenges with regards to the
phase of the process we are grouping communities workforce,” said Starke.
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during the provincial costs down the road. But the members of Treasury c h a r a c t e r i z e d b y
rural heath review t h a t ' s o n e o f t h e Board,” said Starke. e x c e l l e n c e a n d
meeting at the Red Brick c h a l l e n g e s i n a n y “I am on the treasury accessibility for rural
School February 9. situation where the pay- board so I will have a residents. We will
Chair of the review off takes a few years to be hand on that stage of the address some of the
panel, Richard MLA seen. It's wise to do it that decision making as well. challenges we heard
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