Pay for executives in health care is up about 20 per cent just since 2012, with some regions up as much as 37 per cent or even 46 per cent.
Meanwhile, patients are being dealt cuts. The Sask. Party has cut the number of surgeries it will do this year, and staff hours throughout hospitals are being restricted.
“It’s becoming obvious that patients just aren’t this government’s priority right now,” said NDP Health critic Danielle Chartier. “The things we count on are being cut and stretched thin – things like the staff that make an ER run smoothly, and home care services – but the Sask. Party’s capacity for executives and consultants seems endless.
“Waits in ERs and for specialists are too long. Front-line health care workers are run off their feet. Seniors care is still in crisis, and still being ignored. The overcrowding throughout Saskatchewan’s hospitals is causing hallway medicine and delays for surgeries. It’s obvious we need more workers at bedsides and fewer executives at desks – why can’t the Sask. Party see that?”
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region had the largest increase in executive pay over the last three years – a 46 per cent jump to about $3 million, compared to $2 million in 2012.
Executives in the Five Hills Health Region are being paid 37 per cent more; $2.74 million, up from $1.99 million.
The Cypress Health Region saw executive salaries climb 25 per cent.
All health executives will be paid 100 per cent of their salaries this year, with the Sask. Party suspending a program that adjusted executive salaries to between 90 per cent and 110 per cent of their total pay, based on performance evaluations.