About 75 workers, including nurses, first responders, lab technicians and other hospital staff, walked past the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital during their lunch break Monday morning and afternoon and said the services they were providing were under threat. Terry says he is concerned that there will be a shortage of nurses in the province in the coming years, especially as the older generation retires. Participating unions include the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE), the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) and the Alberta Health Sciences Association (HSAA). AUPE`s Parker and Susan Slade say the cuts could impact not only front-line service delivery, but also the communities where workers live and work. CHAT News spoke to Finance Minister Travis Toews, but he was not available for a personal phone interview. « We are on the front lines of health, but we also live in this province and if you see a decrease in access to services, it hurts all Albertans, » Parker said. Jerrica Goodwin, a spokeswoman for the ministers` office, made a statement to CHAT News. « The government has made it clear that Bill 9 is a temporary pause to give us time to understand the full economic picture of Alberta with caution and responsibility before making important decisions that affect taxpayers and workers, » the statement reads. « We now have a clear idea of the difficult economic conditions left to us by the previous government and the need for wage moderation.