Seventy-two licensed practical nurses and health-care aides at the University of Alberta hospital are losing their jobs, according to health-care advocacy group Friends of Medicare.

Executive director Sandra Azocar said more than 200 registered nurses and LPNs have already lost their jobs this year, on top of the latest development.

"It’s a significant loss, I believe," she said.

"It’s just cut and slash once again, like we saw in the 1990s. It will definitely impact the quality of care that people are receiving. And it’s a huge loss for our system."

An Alberta Health Services spokeswoman told CBC News that workers will be offered new positions in a new rotation system, and that there are many other jobs that need to be filled.