Letter to the Editor
Submitted to Calgary Herald on Dec. 20, 2011
Published on Dec. 29, 2011
Re: Redford making good on clinic pledge
The Premier’s announcement that government will start creating family care clinics early in 2012 is exciting. Interdisciplinary teams working in family care clinics will provide timely access to services when people need them and improve management of chronic illnesses in the community. The benefits of inter-professional care and the development of a team-based approach to care are well-known and documented. Preventing illness and promoting health is the best way to reduce demand on our over-stretched health care system over the long –term . It was heartening to learn that 44 communities recognize the value that nurse practitioners, pharmacists, mental health workers, registered nurses, physiotherapists and other professionals bring to primary health care. Patients will now be able to access badly needed health services without always going through a physician first. While the loss of family physicians in Slave Lake is unfortunate, the situation provides an opportunity to re-establish primary health care services using the new family care clinic approach. Hopefully, the opening of the three family care clinics mentioned in the article will be the first of many such openings throughout the province.
Dianne Dyer, President
College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta