Local Doctors, Local Issues

Local Doctors, Local Issues

We want to hear from physicians about what’s going on in their local area, what they are facing in their practices and what they and their patients need most. 

Media coverage

AMA President Dr. Paul Parks and other physician leaders have been actively speaking to the media and providing interviews and insight as to the state of health care in our province and where solutions may lie.

February 2024

Date 

Media Outlet

Name of article/link to interview

February 9

Edmonton Journal

Alberta government's promised $57M for primary care clinics begins to roll out

February 9

CTV News

Family doctors get $12M 'stabilization payment' from province. AMA says more funding needed soon

February 9

RD News Now

Province aiming to help primary care providers support patients

February 2

Lethbridge Herald

'Completely overwhelmed': Family doctors in Alberta take concerns to social media

February 1

Edmonton Journal

'Completely overwhelmed': Family doctors in Alberta take concerns to social media

February 1

Windsor Star

SOS: Alberta family doctors say they are in 'crisis' mode

January 2024

Date 

Media Outlet

Name of article/link to interview

January 31

City News

Alberta doctors warn of 'crisis in family medicine'

January 31

Global News

AMA launches social media blitz highlighting state of healthcare

January 31

CTV News 

Doctors launch 'SOS' campaign to bring awareness to unsustainable family practice model

January 29

CBC News

Alberta doctors call for action on women's health in new awareness campaign

January 26

Discover Airdrie

Finding a family doctor in Airdrie to become tougher

January 25

CBC News

Alberta government promotes 'pharmacy clinics' to take strain off family doctors, ERs

January 25

Cochrane Eagle

Primary care 'crumbing around us,' survey of Alberta doctors shows

January 25

Canada's National Observer

Our health-care system is crashing

January 24

Lethbridge Herald

Alberta health care system in dire shape, says Medical Association

January 24

630 CHED Afternoons with Bryn Griffiths

Interview with Dr. Paul Parks

January 24

St. Albert Gazette

Primary care 'crumbling around us,' survey of Alberta doctors shows

January 23

The Globe and Mail

Primary care in 'critical condition,' Alberta doctors group head says, citing survey

January 23

Global News

61% of family physicians in Alberta considering leaving provincial health-care system: Report

January 23

CBC News

Primary care in 'critical condition,' Alberta doctors group head says, citing survey

January 23

Lethbridge News Now

Primary care in 'critical condition,' Alberta doctors group head says

January 23

Calgary Herald

Braid: Top doctor urges UCP to 'stop the bleeding' in family medicine or face disaster

January 23

Times Colonist, Victoria

Primary care in 'critical condition,' Alberta doctors group head says, citing survey

January 23

Calgary Sun

AMA president says 61 per cent of Alberta family physicians considering leaving health care system

January 23

Global News

Family doctors considering leaving Alberta

January 23

City News 

Primary care is 'crumbling' AMA says, citing new survey data

January 23

Edmonton Journal

AMA president says 61 per cent of Alberta family physicians considering leaving health care system

January 23

Red Deer Advocate

Family doctors desperate for funding to save practices, says AMA

January 18

630 CHED - Midday with Courtney Theriault

Interview with Paul Parks - What's behind the temporary pause in Alberta's kidney matching program?

January 17

CBC News

Doctors worry breaking point is coming at Alberta hospitals - interview with Dr. Paul Parks

January 17

CBC News

CBC News Network's Andrew Nichols speaks with president of AMA Dr. Paul Parks

January 16

CBC News

Makeshift dividers, hallway medicine are signs of a system in crisis, say Alberta front-line staff

January 12

CTV News

Calls for health-care system overhaul - Interview with Dr. Paul Parks

January 11

Edmonton Sun

Bell: Top Alberta doc to Danielle Smith - 'We don't need more chaos'

January 10

CTV News Calgary

AMA calls on Alberta to declare health-care crisis as surgery, ER and ambulance wait times increase

January 10

River Country 94.9

Doctors wanting action taken on "health care crisis"

January 8

Calgary Herald

Braid: Health care just kept getting worse after Smith's big promises last year

January 5

CTV News

AMA lists proposals for province to fix acute-care system issues

January 4

Edmonton Journal

AMA calls for updates to doctor incentives to help address hospital crisis

January 2

Edmonton Journal

AMA says new fee changes to be announced January 17

December 2023

Date 

Media Outlet

Name of article/link to interview

December 28

Medicine Hat News

Year in Review: Influenza spike, recruiting problems cause struggles for health-care system

December 23

Red Deer Advocate

HACKETT: Health care funding and the message that wasn't

December 22

Livewire Calgary

Question of vaccinations in province dominates Alberta announcement on primary care physician funding

December 22

Edmonton Sun

Premier announces $200-million infusion for struggling primary care and rural doctors

December 22

Medicine Hat News (Print Edition)

Alberta commits extra $200M for family doctors, finalizes $1B health deal with Ottawa

December 22

Red Deer Advocate

Flu numbers "absolutely a problem": AMA president

December 22

Castanet.net

Alberta commits extra $200M for family doctors, finalizes $1B health deal with Ottawa

December 21

Edmonton Journal

Premier announces $200-million infusion for struggling primary care and rural doctors

December 21

todayville

Massive funding boosts kick off Alberta’s transition to fully comprehensive care

December 21

rdnewsNOW

Province announces $200 million to stabilize family and rural physician clinics

December 21

CBC Lite

Alberta commits extra $200M for family doctors, finalizes $1B health deal with Ottawa

December 21

Ottawa Sun

MOIR and HILL: Albertans endure some of the longest health-care waits in Canada

December 19

Bow Island Commentator (Print Edition)

Medical association sets up team to lead input on health commitments

December 19

Coaldale Sunny South News (Print Edition)

Alberta Medical Association sounds alarm on hospital overcapacity

December 15

The Globe and Mail

Alberta’s health care system struggling with overflowing hospitals

December 14

Real Talk with Ryan Jespersen

Dr. Paul Parks' segment on Real Talk with Ryan Jespersen

December 14

Lethbridge News Now

As viral illnesses surge, pressure starts to build on southern Alberta hospitals

December 14

Stony Plain Reporter

'As bad as we've seen it in 25 years': AMA president sounds alarm as Alberta hospital wait times rise

December 14

Sherwood Park News

'As bad as we've seen it in 25 years': AMA president sounds alarm as Alberta hospital wait times rise

December 14

CBC News, Calgary

Hospital surge beds added as pressure grows in Alberta's intensive care units

December 14

Edmonton Journal

Thursday's Letters: Family medicine is the first priority - Dr. Paul Parks

December 13

The Globe and Mail

'We're actually quite worried:' Spike in children, babies with respiratory virus symptoms in Western Canada

December 13

Global News

Kids' emergency rooms are crunched in Canada. What parents should know

December 13

Medicine Hat News

AMA sounds alarm on hospital overcapacity

December 12

Red Deer Advocate

Respiratory illness pushes Red Deer emergency department to the edge

December 12

CBC News, Calgary

Alberta hospitals already in 'disaster' mode as virus season picks up, doctors warn

December 12

Edmonton Journal

Flu bug gets ugly in Alberta: H1N1 rates soar across province

December 11

630 CHED, Midday with Courtney Theriault

Interview with Dr. Paul Parks

December 11

City News

AMA calling for more support as hospitals are overwhelmed

December 11

CTV News, Edmonton

Provincial health-care system in danger of collapse: Alberta doctors

December 11

Edmonton Journal

'As bad as we've seen it in 25 years': AMA president sounds alarm as Alberta hospital wait times rise

December 11

Global News

AMA president warns of long waits, very sick kids at hospitals

December 8

Lakeland Today

MLA says allowing nurse practitioners to set up private practice could benefit everyone

December 8

Lethbridge Herald

Medical association sets up team to lead input on health commitments

December 6

City News

Doctors claim ERs across Alberta are critically overcrowded

December 3

CBCNN Live

Alberta doctors are pushing back against a plan to give nurse practitioners autonomy - interview with Dr. Paul Parks

November 2023

Date 

Media Outlet

Name of article/link to interview

November 30

Sherwood Park News

"Difficult time": Boosting nurse practitioner clinics lets physicians down, says AMA

November 28

Alberta Prime Time

Interview with Dr. Paul Parks

November 28

Medicine Hat News

Local ER doctor, Paul Parks, president of the AMA has written an Op/Ed on the need for a funding framework with primary care physicians in the province.

November 25

CBC News, Calgary

Nurse practitioner announcement leaves family physicians feeling devalued, disrespected

November 24

QRFM Calgary, Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge

Interview with Dr. Paul Parks

November 24

Everything GP

Critics say Alberta's plan to allow nurse practitioner-led clinics could throw health care into disarray

November 24

Edmonton Journal

'Difficult time': Boosting nurse practitioner clinics lets physicians down, says AMA

November 24

RD News Now

Critics say Alberta's plan to allow nurse practitioner-led clinics could throw health care into disarray

November 23

Edmonton Journal

Opinion: Family doctors must be the priority in Albertans' primary care

November 22

Global News

Alberta nurse practitioners can soon open their own clinics under new compensation model

November 22

CTV News, Edmonton

Nurse practitioners to open clinics as part of Alberta plan to address doctor shortage

November 21

My Grande Prairie Now

AMA addresses rural family medicine ahead of provincial budget

November 16

Sherwood Park News

AMA hopeful AHS overhaul is better for doctors and patients

November 15

Brooks Bulletin

Former Brooks physician to lead Alberta Health board

November 10

CHAT News Today!

Medicine Hat doctor says input from frontline workers is crucial for Alberta's new health care system

November 10

Express Healthcare Management

Controversial plan to restructure AHS sparks concern and opposition

November 9

CTV News, Calgary

AHS employees getting first details of new structure in series of town hall meetings

November 9

MyLloydminsterNow

Provincial healthcare announcement separate issue from the immediate one at hand: AMA president

November 9

MyLethbridgeNow

Provincial healthcare announcement separate issue from the immediate one at hand: AMA president

November 9

CTV News, Edmonton

Smith and UCP begin selling health care overhaul to supportive rural leaders, skeptical professionals

November 9

iHeartRadio

Smith and UCP begin selling health care overhaul to supportive rural leaders, skeptical professionals

November 9

CBC News, Calgary

Nurses, doctors call on Alberta government to back down from health-care restructuring

November 9

MyGrandePrairieNow

Lack of physician coverage in rural areas among urgent needs: AMA president

November 9

630 CHED

Afternoons with Bryn Griffiths and Reid Wilkins

November 9

Real Talk with Ryan Jespersen

Dr. Paul Parks segment of Real Talk with Ryan Jesperson

November 9

Taproot Edmonton - The Pulse

Headlines: Nov 9, 2023

November 8

CBCNN Live

AMA President speaks to Sarah Galashan on CBC News Network's Canada Tonight regarding government's plans to restructure health care in Alberta

November 8

CFWE FM

Alberta announces new health delivery system

November 8

iHeartRadio

Doctors describe patients 'suffering' at Edmonton hospitals due to extraordinarily long wait times

November 8

Canadian Healthcare Network

How changes to Alberta's health system may impact its doctors

November 8

Calgary Herald

AMA hopeful AHS overhaul is better for doctors and patients

November 8

Everything GP

Restructuring of AHS must be done "responsibly and carefully" says AMA president

November 8

Edmonton Sun

AMA hopeful AHS overhaul is better for doctors and patients

November 8

Global News

Some Albertans and experts worried about public health restructuring, fear privatization

November 8

CTV News Calgary

'Blow it up and sell pieces off': Stakeholders react to UCP plan to revamp Alberta healthcare system

November 8

CTV News Edmonton

Alberta announces new health delivery system, promises to try to protect jobs

November 8

CBC News

Alberta to dismantle current patient-care model, create new health delivery system

November 8

CTV News Edmonton

Doctors describe patients 'suffering' at Edmonton hospitals due to extraordinarily long wait times

November 8

Canada News

Doctors describe patients 'suffering' at Edmonton hospitals due to extraordinarily long wait times

November 8

Lethbridge Herald

AMA president wants assurances about impact of health services restructuring

November 8

rdnews NOW

AMA president reacts to government's plans for health system reform

November 8

Edmonton Journal

AMA hopeful AHS overhaul is better for doctors and patients

November 8

Lethbridge Herald

AMA consulting with city stakeholders on health system

November 7

City News

UCP vows to decentralize Alberta Health Services

November 7

Global News

Doctors say 2 Edmonton hospitals at 150% capacity, experiencing very long ER waits

November 6

CBC News

Fundamental change needed as Alberta health system is 'not working', minister says

November 6

MountainView Today

Commentary: Health care must remain top priority

November 5

Global News

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith pushing AHS reform

November 3

City News

AMA sounds alarm on state of healthcare system

November 3

CTV News, Calgary

23 new family doctors recruited to work in Lethbridge

November 3

CHAT News, Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat physician voices concerns over health-care system's precarious state

November 3

Everything GP

Northern training for doctors one idea to solve specialist retention issues says AMA president

November 3

CTV Calgary

Without DynaLife, Alberta's lab wait times are decreasing: AMA

November 3

Toronto Star

Alberta doctors 'trepidatious' about changes to already fragile health care system

November 3

Alberta Medical Association

Dr. Paul Parks - Local Doctors, Local Issues November 2, 2023 media briefing

November 2

City News

Alberta is in a family doctor crisis: AMA

November 2

MyGrandePrairieNow

AMA pushing for "strategic investing" for physicians in cities like Grande Prairie

November 2

Calgary Herald

'Extremely fragile': AMA head says docs' funding model putting Alberta health care in jeopardy

November 2

Red Deer Advocate

Red Deer doctors struggling with overcapacity at hospital

November 2

630 CHED

Afternoons with Bryn Griffiths: interview with Paul Parks

November 1

Everything GP

Province-wide tour brings AMA president to Grande Prairie

October 2023

Date 

Media Outlet

Name of article/link to interview

October 31

The Albertan (print edition)

Health care must remain top priority

October 26

CTV Calgary

Doctors give feedback on struggling Alberta health care system

October 26

CTV Calgary

Alberta Health Care Concerns

October 24

Alberta Primetimes

Province and AMA introduce a memorandum of understanding to support family docs

October 24

Edmonton Journal

Getting ‘harder and harder’ to recruit family physicians into rural communities, says AMA president

October 23

BigWest Country 92.9 FM

AMA president visits central Alberta for town halls with local members

October 23

Medicine Hat News

Parks says top priorities as AMA president are doctors shortages, overcrowding

October 19

City News

Alberta announces support for nurse practitioners

October 19

Alberta Primetime, CTV

Interview with AMA President, Dr. Paul Parks

October 19

CBC News

Health-care workers on edge as number of Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19 doubles

October 18

Edmonton Journal

Alberta Health Minister LaGrange announces first efforts to fix what ails primary health care

October 18

CTV News

Head of AMA concerned over health system

October 17

CBC The Homestretch

Medical association provincial tour

October 17

Global - Shaye Ganam

AMA president says doctors’ input key to restructuring AHS

October 17

CBC Radio Active

The AMA speaking to doctors around the province

AMA President and Executive Director tour

AMA President Dr. Paul Parks and AMA Executive Director Athana Mentzelopoulos hosted a series of member-only town hall meetings across the province to meet with members in person and to hear directly about local issues, concerns and ideas.

Schedule of upcoming events:

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Contact

This web page will be updated with further information as plans progress. If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out at localissues@albertadoctors.org.

Alberta Medical Association Mission: Advocate for and support Alberta physicians. Strengthen their leadership in the provision of sustainable quality care.