Seniors care crisis is widespread, ombudsman investigation shows
The findings of an investigation by Saskatchewan's Ombudsman detail how our province's seniors care system failed Margaret Warholm, 74, a woman in care who died malnourished, suffering from broken bones and with a painful bedsore covering her back. The report also shows the seniors care system is in crisis, and says Warholm’s tragic case is not unique.
The Opposition is calling on the government to finally take action to address the seniors care crisis. After more than two years of devastating reports and family stories, NDP Leader Cam Broten said it’s far past time for the Sask. Party government to stop minimizing the seniors care crisis, and denying its widespread nature.
“Margaret’s final months were undignified and painful, and her death was tragic and unfair,” said Broten. “She spent her life caring for those around her, raising a wonderful family and helping to build our province. She deserved compassionate care in her final years, but she was horribly let down by a seniors care system under significant strain.
“This report should be a final notice to the Sask. Party government – it can’t keep denying that it has a seniors care crisis. For Margaret, the many others who suffered like Margaret and many thousands who are in care today and will be in care in the future, this government’s inaction is unpalatable.”Read more
Manufacturing job losses have reached 5,000, causing the NDP to renew its calls for the government to cooperate in passing a new procurement bill.
Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey showed Friday that 5,000 Saskatchewan manufacturing jobs have been lost over the last 12 months. Trent Wotherspoon, NDP deputy leader, tabled the Fairness for Saskatchewan Businesses Act in the fall – a new procurement policy that would help more Crown and government contracts go to Saskatchewan companies when they can offer the greatest value for taxpayers.Read more
Opposition Leader Cam Broten used Thursday’s question period in the legislature to blast the government’s scheme to allow some people to jump the line and pay for their MRIs, instead of fixing the system for everyone.
The bill to change Saskatchewan to a two-tier, partly-for-profit system was tabled by the government Wednesday afternoon. Broten said he doesn’t support making families pay for their MRI, or making people wait longer if they can’t afford to pay.
“Saskatchewan’s MRI wait times are too long for everyone. But, instead of fixing them for everyone, the Sask. Party’s plan is to just let some people pay to jump to the front of the line,” said Broten. “It’s not common sense, and evidence from other provinces shows it’s likely to backfire by making the system worse for everyone.”Read more
I want to extend my sincere congratulations to Premier-elect Notley for running a campaign that stayed focused on what matters to Alberta families today. She’s entering the premier’s office at a critical time, and I’m confident she’s ready to meet head on the challenges her new job presents. I have no doubt that she will be a strong voice for Albertans and western Canadians and I look forward to working with her in the months and years ahead to advance the interests of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Best wishes to her and all our Alberta neighbours as they move forward together.