Internal documents from Alberta Health Services show the province plans to cut about 200 hospital nursing jobs, according to the Alberta NDP.
"The numbers don't lie. We did the numbers,” NDP health critic David Eggen said Thursday.
“They're down significantly at the (Royal Alexandra Hospital), at the Foothills, and Olds is another place that you see a significant reduction."
Eggen believes the province wants to replace registered nurses with less costly licensed practical nurses and nurse’s aides.
"It's to reduce the bottom line, to hire people with lower qualifications and to make a pretty direct attack on registered nurses as a profession," he said.
The United Nurses of Alberta union has yet to reach a contract with the province.
Premier Alison Redford said the job cut numbers aren’t accurate. She says more nurses will be needed in future family care clinics
"It's very clear that as we restructure health care that we will ask people to take on new responsibilities,” Redford said.
“We know that we want to keep employing nurses on a full-time basis in the healthcare system and that's really important. "
Health Minister Fred Horne said that Alberta Health Services is currently looking for 300 nurses.