Broten wants government to stop scaling back rural health care

A day after touring the Craik and District Health Centre, and meeting with community members, NDP Leader Cam Broten again called on this government to refrain from scaling back health care services in the community.

“The people of Craik and area are not asking for anything that they haven't had for 100 years. They simply want to be able to keep their doctor and the vital health care services they deserve,” said Broten. “There’s no excuse for the Sask. Party government to be cutting back health care services in Craik, especially when the doctor wants to keep working there and keep saving lives there.”

Craik has a state-of-the-art observation-and-stabilization facility, a committed and well-liked Canadian-trained physician, and highly efficient nurses, lab technicians and other front-line health care workers. But community members are increasingly frustrated by this government’s scaling back of health care services in their community, and they are concerned that this government’s actions will lead to the closure of their health centre and removal of all medical services from Craik.

“The Sask. Party government needs to stop taking rural Saskatchewan for granted and stop neglecting the very real needs in rural communities,” said Broten. “The doctor, the mayor, the reeve, the archbishop and many local leaders and community members have worked hard to develop a workable plan to keep health care services in Craik. This government should be listening to them and working with them, instead of plowing ahead with its shortsighted plan.”

Broten urged the premier to accept the invitation extended by the community to political leaders within the province to visit the community, tour the health centre, and hear firsthand from community members about the need to stop scaling back health services within the community.

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For more information, contact:
Doyle Fox, NDP caucus