Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center will terminate its contract with a key Santa Fe cancer treatment group in May, with the group claiming thousands of patients could be left in limbo.

New Mexico Cancer Care Associates said a workable interim plan hasn’t been developed, but Christus St. Vincent gave assurances it has “planned for this transition.”

Cancer Care Associates officials said the issues between the two entities include the hospital’s desire to employ the clinic’s currently independent oncologists and differing views on staffing concerns at the clinic.

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