Stettler doctor problem

Written by Stu Salkeld

As trouble brews for the provincial government over its latest budget, the mayor of the Town of Stettler, along with the local MLA, recently met with physicians to hear grievances.

During the regular meeting of Stettler town council Mar. 3, Mayor Sean Nolls reported on a meeting he had in February with Drumheller-Stettler MLA Nate Horner and a group of Stettler-area physicians.

The provincial government was recently in mediation with physicians over fees and pay; the mediation effectively ended in a stalemate, so the provincial government nullified a long-standing guiding agreement with physicians and announced it will introduce new rules on Apr. 1.

There have been comments back and forth from both sides in both traditional media and social media.

Mayor Nolls said the physicians weren’t very happy with the way things have ended up.

“Needless to say, they’re fairly upset,” said Nolls.

Nolls said when the physicians, he and Horner met the physicians stated they were unhappy with comments the Minister of Health Tyler Shandro made over social media platform Twitter; some government Twitter comments appeared to take sides in the dispute, criticizing the way doctors bill their patients.

The mayor said the physicians told him that they don’t feel comments out in social media like that are acceptable.

Nolls, himself a businessman, said, “You can’t treat staff like that.”

Nolls said Horner promised to keep him informed about this issue. The mayor finished his report by saying this is a very complicated issue that all Albertans need to keep an eye on.


Stu Salkeld

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

ECA Review

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.