NDP demands overhaul of staffing strategy in health care

The NDP is disappointed and concerned with the news of the forced night-time closure of one of Regina’s two emergency rooms, and is again calling for an overhaul of the government’s failed health care staffing strategies.

The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region announced that Pasqua Hospital’s emergency room will be closed between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. due to a lack of doctors.

“Patients and health care workers know what the problem is,” said NDP health critic Danielle Chartier. “This government has been dismissing understaffing issues while the problem gets worse. Health care workers and families are doing their best to take care of people, but the government clearly is not prepared for a growing population.”

Chartier said she has heard from a number of health care professionals, both in Regina and throughout the province, and she has been consistently told that a lack of staffing is causing a major backlog, as well as quality of care issues.

“We’ve brought to the attention of this government cases like Suzanne Stewart’s. Short-staffing meant she and her family had to clean her own hospital room before her surgery. We brought the attention of the government to the case of Sylvia Phillips, who needed family or paid help with her all day, every day, in the hospital or she wasn’t fed or taken to the bathroom.

“Time and again the official Opposition has raised the desperate need to recruit doctors, and this government dismissed those concerns."

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For more information, contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus