Health care memo raises privatization questions

According to an internal health care memo, more than a dozen core health care departments will undergo a “business case development.” With the Sask. Party’s privatization of health care laundry services earlier this week, the NDP wants to know how much of health care the Sask. Party could privatize.

“The people of Saskatchewan deserve to know how far the Sask. Party might push privatization in health care,” said John Nilson, NDP health critic. “A privatized system risks putting profits ahead of patients.”

The memo, sent jointly from the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region and Shared Services Saskatchewan (3sHealth), describes a three-year plan “for business case development, which will create the forum to bring people together to identify opportunities and develop the strategy to achieve them.” The memo notes that 3sHealth will use private consultants to help develop the business cases.

The NDP said it is time for the Sask. Party to publicly draw a line in the sand, telling people what it would consider privatizing and how much health care in Saskatchewan might change.

The health care departments listed in the memo include:

  • Laboratory services
  • Medical imaging services
  • Information technology / information services
  • Supply chain services
  • Environmental services
  • Transcription services
  • Capital project management services
  • Enterprise risk management
  • Pharmacy services
  • Facility services
  • Internal audit services
  • Food services
  • Business intelligence services

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Download the memo from 3sHealth and the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region here.

For further information, please contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus office