Court Rules La Loche Doctors’ Lawsuit Can Go Ahead

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 13:39



The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has rejected an application by the provincial government to have a lawsuit filed by two former doctors in La Loche dismissed.


The legal action was filed against the Keewatin Yatthe Regional Health Authority and the province after the doctors had their contracts terminated without cause in December 2004.


The health region argued it was within their right to do so — the doctors and the Saskatchewan Medical Association disagreed.


Saskatchewan Health spokeswoman Kimberly Kratzig says the province is not going to appeal this any further and is now prepared to fight the matter in court.


A Court of Queen’s Bench justice also rejected a bid to have the lawsuit dismissed last year.


But it did give Keewatin Yatthe the option to try again if mediation attempts failed.


Keewatin Yatthe spokesman Richard Petit says the health region is willing to give mediation a chance.


It’s unclear when mediation will begin, or if Saskatchewan Health will take part.