The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 12/30/2013 8:21 PM | Comments: 0
REGINA - Another short-term deal has been struck to keep the emergency room doors at Regina's Pasqua Hospital open 24 hours a day.
The Regina Qu'appelle Health Region has come to an agreement with doctors who will work extra shifts to keep the ER fully functioning until at least the end of February.
The health region said in November that the Pasqua ER would have to close overnights for at least three months because of a doctor shortage, but a deal was reached that was set to expire at the end of this month.
Vice-president Dr. David McCutcheon says he's hopeful that efforts to recruit new doctors will see the deal extended even further.
Two new doctors will begin working in the emergency room in January and February.
McCutcheon says it will be easier to recruit other physicians if they know the staff numbers are not declining.
"So there's greater morale and there's quite a confidence in that group."
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