Transition Day for La Loche Doctors

Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 13:58



Doctors at the La Loche health clinic wrapped up their day early today.


The contract they had been working under expired at noon.


Officials with the Keewatin Yatthe Regional Health Authority say it should be business as usual tomorrow, though.


They say at least two of the four doctors’ positions have already been filled.


But the clinic will be without physicians for the rest of the day.


The Keewatine Yathhe Regional Health Authority has been criticized by the Saskatchewan Medical Association for terminating the contracts of the community’s doctors.


Officials with the health authority say the termination notices are part of a restructuring that will put more emphasis on a primary health care model.


Despite the SMA’s skepticism, the health authority maintains that physician services will be maintained in the northern community.