During the first quarter of 2022, Lethbridge saw its only year-over-year first quarter loss since at least 2016.
For two years in a row, Lethbridge has seen record fourth-quarter decreases in physician registrations.
The emergency department lacked on-site physician coverage for over 200 hours this month.
In the last two quarters, Alberta’s 3rd largest city lost another 17.
AHS recently reduced hospital surgical, emergency, and acute care services in 5 communities in northern and central Alberta because of physician and nursing shortages.
Even with new registrations, there’s still a net decrease of over 250, compared to the fourth quarter of 2020.
The Alberta communities of Fairview, Rocky Mountain House, and Elk Point temporarily lost their emergency departments this week.
Compared to the 3rd quarter of 2020, the year ended with 32 fewer physicians, the largest 4th quarter decrease in at least 5 years.
Yesterday, the UCP government announced that for the first time, there were over 11,000 doctors registered to practice in Alberta.