Doctor shortage worries Slave Lake residents
People in Slave Lake say the quality of their health care has suffered since half the full-time doctors in town resigned in November.
"You've seen the difference in the time it takes to see a doctor now," said Kristylynn Barton, who organized a meeting Wednesday night of 200 worried citizens.
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- Fire ravaged town losing almost half its doctors
Before the wildfire hit Slave Lake in 2011, there were 13 doctors in the northern Alberta town.
Five left soon after the fire, while four more resigned in November, leaving only four permanent physicians in town.
"I think we need a plan," said Mayor Tyler Warman. "There's a lot of emotion. There's a lot of answers that people are looking for."
Nobody from Alberta Health Services was at the meeting.
Local MLA Pearl Calahasen also couldn't make it, though town council intends to meet with her and AHS next week.