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Another devastating blow to rural access to health services thanks to the toxicity & uncertainty caused by @shandro & @jkenney.

5 of 8 doctors at Sundre's celebrated Moose & Squirrel Clinic gave notice yesterday they'll be leaving Alberta after April 2021. #ableg
.@VMWarrenMD & @RobWarrenMD founded M&S in 2013, recognized & celebrated as a leader in rural medicine. Over 7 yrs they recruited 6 more docs & inspired & trained dozens more to practice in rural areas.

Jason Kenney & UCP are destroying that work… #ableg
Doctors leaving incl. Anthony Willmott @ItsDaniDiz1 @markdizzle @alanna_bowie & @CreweCarly - all recruited by the Warrens to serve Sundre & surrounding communities.

That's years of effort & investment in their community being intentionally wiped out by the UCP. #ableg
The Diazs were both born, raised & trained in AB. They came to M&S in just the last two years, planning to make it their long-term home.

Now Sundre (& AB) is losing two doctors & all these young professionals & their family would have contributed to their community. #ableg
.@CreweCarly came to AB from ON for medical school, trained in Sundre & decided to stay& practice there. She won the '19 @ABFamDocs New Professional Award & is a dynamic entrepreneur supporting other women to do the same.

Jason Kenney is driving her & her family out of AB #ableg
.@alanna_bowie was born, raised & trained in AB. Her residency & clerkship in Sundre gave her a love for the community & full-scope rural practice.

She started at M&S in Jan 2019, went on to join the board of the local PCN. Now Jason Kenney & the UCP are driving her out. #ableg
Anthony Willmott is a physiotherapist who became an MD & fell in love with rural practice in AB. He joined M&S in 2018, bringing his extensive skills & knowledge & young family to Sundre.

Thanks to Jason Kenney, rural Albertans are losing access to his expertise. #ableg
Losing these young MDs is a devastating blow not only to access to medical services in these communities, but to their very economies.

It makes them less attractive places to live or start a business. It means $ leaving the area when folks travel elsewhere for care. #ableg
What's even more ridiculous is that @shandro & @jkenney are taking extensive, likely unconstitutional, steps to try & force doctors to practice in rural areas @ the same time as their toxicity is driving doctors who've *chosen* to work rural away.… #ableg
M&S built a successful & respected model to train & recruit doctors to practice rural medicine. @shandro's shut them & others who've done the same (like Assoc. Clinic in Pincher Creek) out in favour of a heavy-handed approach already proven to fail

But Jason Kenney & the UCP are happy to pay for a $30M war room & $4.7B corporate handout, they've decided rural Albertans don't deserve the quality & level of care & access to services these dedicated physicians have worked to build & provide.

Albertans deserve better. #ableg
And again, to be clear, these doctors who've invested their blood, sweat & tears in their practices & communities aren't leaving because they want more $.

Dr. @alanna_bowie lays it out clearly in her letter to her patients. This is 100% on the chaos created by UCP. #ableg
Sadly, I'm sure there is going to be far more loss & damage for rural communities as Jason Kenney & the UCP continue their attacks on AB doctors for the sake of their ideology & fixation of making more room for American-style private profit in our public health care system #ableg

In April, @JasonNixonAB promised Sundre Mayor Terry Leslie Sundre residents wouldn't see any loss of access to services & that @shandro would bring replacement physicians in to cover any gaps.

It's a promise they've fallen short on. #ableg
While doctors from Sundre's Greenwood Clinic have stepped in to cover the ER & acute & long-term care, there's been no replacement for obstetrical coverage.

And Nixon & Shandro now have 8 months to do what took the M&S 6 years - ensure 5 new family MDs for the community. #ableg
They'll be attempting to do so by force of law in an environment of toxic uncertainty they're responsible for creating.

Luckily for the residents of Sundre, the doctors of M&S are going to be looking out for them as well, but they're handicapped by this gov't too. #ableg
I truly wish the best for the community in the face of a government set on undermining all the work local doctors, municipal leaders and community members have done to build up rural access to medical service.

Because Albertans deserve better. #ableg
And worth noting Dr. Bill Ward of the Greenwood Clinic’s thoughts on the matter:

“"problem is, if you’ve got a gov't that can tear up the contract, it gets extremely difficult to actually start to work with them."

Asked if he has faith in the UCP government, he said no.” #ableg
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