Gov't Adopts NDP Proposal of Health Care Provider Week
Posted: October 27, 2009
NDP Labour critic Andy Iwanchuk congratulated the Wall government today for its action in taking the advice of the NDP Opposition and proclaiming October 25 through November 1 as Health Care Providers Week in Saskatchewan but questioned the timing and motives of such a move.
“While I’m pleased to see health care workers in our province acknowledged for the passionate and dedicated service they provide to our friends and families every day, perhaps the government could move further than a tardy press release by taking action to show how much it truly appreciates the women and men who contribute so much to the quality of our lives,” Iwanchuk said.
Iwanchuk proposed the idea in the Legislature as hundreds of health care providers gathered there today to voice their concerns with the government over its hypocritical essential services legislation and lack of meaningful progress at the bargaining table.
“After declaring war on organized labour, trampling on the rights of workers at every turn, and failing to acknowledge the hypocrisy of its own legislation, the government’s recent proclamation will do little to ease the tension with health care providers that it has caused,” Iwanchuk said. “I’m sure health care providers would appreciate this proclamation even more if it came with some real action on the part of the Wall government. Sadly, all this government seems willing to offer are more empty words.”