Ill Advised Cuts to Primary Care Will Hurt Healthcare Delivery

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann today expressed disappointment in the NDP’s decision to not restore funding to Primary Care Networks in Alberta, saying it will add to the burden of our already overburdened hospitals.

“Failing to restore the $75 million dollars in funding will limit the capacity of our Primary Care Clinics,” says Swann. “That lack of capacity will drive more patients to emergency rooms and hospital beds – ballooning our costs and ballooning wait times.”

Swann’s comments come as the NDP has revealed it has not restored cuts to PCNs by the former regime.

“PCNs are a vital piece of an overall strategy to fix our health care system,” says Swann. “I hope the government will realize that and restore supports for them in the budget this fall. If they fail to do so, they will need to present an alternate strategy to alleviate the pressure on our ERs and hospitals.”