One week after the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses raised the alarm about a patient dying in ER as a result of overcrowding, the Saskatchewan NDP is calling for an independent investigation of the circumstances leading to the tragic incident.
The NDP is seeking answers as to why the Sask. Party for standing up for the French conglomerate that built the Regina Bypass instead of the Saskatchewan workers who were trying to get paid for their work on the project.
“Anytime Saskatchewan people have raised an issue with the Regina Bypass, whether it was local farmers who took exception to their land being expropriated or Balgonie citizens concerned with semi trucks being diverted to a dead-end on Main Street, the Sask. Party has always sided with the large French conglomerate over local voices,” said NDP Regina Bypass Critic Cathy Sproule. “Here is yet another case where the Sask. Party is putting their wealthy and well-connected friends before Saskatchewan people.”
After reports that a patient died in a Saskatoon emergency room because of overcapacity pressures and armed with new numbers showing Emergency Room wait times continuing to climb in Saskatoon and Regina, NDP Health Critic Vicki Mowat called today for the Minister of Health to present a plan to address the emergency.
"Frontline workers are raising the alarm that our Emergency Rooms are so overtaxed that people are dying as a result,” said Mowat. “This government’s failures are letting people down."
Because the Sask. Party government has failed to act, Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili is calling for relief for Saskatchewan producers facing steep grain drying bills. Today he wrote to the Prime Minister proposing an expedited rebate for farmers.
“This has been a wet year for Saskatchewan producers, and now they are facing high natural gas bills for grain drying because the Sask. Party failed to implement a plan to protect them from the federal backstop,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “The Premier has the power to do something about it, but he has not. That failure to take action has let down Saskatchewan producers.”
With families from Northern Saskatchewan who have lost loved ones to suicide in attendance at the Legislature, NDP Critic for Northern Affairs Doyle Vermette introduced Bill No. 618 — The Saskatchewan Strategy for Suicide Prevention Act, 2018.
“Suicide is an issue that affects far too many families throughout Saskatchewan,” Vermette said. “I’ve been to far too many funerals for young people, and I’ve seen firsthand the devastation caused by the lack of mental health supports. It’s time for a suicide prevention strategy.”
Today New Democrat Leader Ryan Meili released documents detailing capacity issues at the Royal University Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, which limit “the system’s ability to ensure patients are receiving the care they need” over the weekend.
“The Sask. Party government keeps saying everything is fine in our hospitals, despite mounting evidence that hallway medicine is the norm,” said Meili. “These documents clearly show that people are being let down when they go to the hospital. They’re not getting the care they need.”