Job losses in education and health concerning

Despite the strong economy, 1,400 health care and social services jobs and another 1,400 education jobs have been eliminated over the past year, according to Statistics Canada – a concerning trend, according to the NDP.

“This government has record revenues, but Saskatchewan families tell us that’s not translating into better services for them,” said Trent Wotherspoon, NDP Deputy Leader and finance critic. “When it comes to the basics, things are getting worse. There aren’t enough front-line health care workers. There are too many cuts in overcrowded classrooms throughout the province, and our kids just aren’t getting one-on-one attention when they need it.

“This government is spending $40 million on American LEAN consultants, but is not making sure we have enough teachers and educational assistants, or health care professionals to deal with long waits and overcrowded hospitals.”

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NDP introduces bill to create minimum standards in seniors care

The NDP has introduced a bill that, if passed, will require the government to establish minimum quality of care standards that apply to seniors care homes throughout the province.

Bill 606, The Residents in Care Bill of Rights Act, is a private member’s bill introduced by NDP health critic Danielle Chartier. It requires each seniors care home in Saskatchewan to have a Residents’ Bill of Rights that guarantees respect, dignity and safety for seniors in Saskatchewan care homes.

“Saskatchewan has a seniors care crisis, and a significant part of the problem is the government’s elimination of minimum standards that has led to understaffing, underfunding and absolutely unacceptable treatment of people,” said Chartier. “Our parents, our grandparents are being left to soil themselves because caregivers don’t have time to help them to the bathroom. They’re not being given the time or help to eat meals. In many cases, they’re not getting a bath even once per week. The treatment of our loved ones in care homes simply must get better.”

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NDP’s spring session focus: people should benefit more from economy

Seniors care crisis and crowded schools still need urgent attention

When the legislature returns Monday, NDP Leader Cam Broten will be focused on making the strong economy work for Saskatchewan families – pushing for common sense improvements in schools, hospitals and seniors care facilities and working to make life more affordable for Saskatchewan families.

“For me, politics isn’t just about the province doing well – it’s about people doing well,” said Broten. “I want Saskatchewan’s strong economy to be good news for everyone – but the reality for hard-working families right now is that the extra costs keep piling up while the services we should all be able to count on are getting worse, because this government is dropping the ball. That has to stop.”

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Broten calls on government to send aid for Ukraine violence victims

NDP Leader Cam Broten is calling on the government to pledge humanitarian aid for victims of violence in Ukraine.

Hundreds if not thousands of anti-government protestors and bystanders have been injured in addition to those killed in Ukraine during pro-democracy protests which turned violent at the intervention of riot police. The need for medical supplies and first aid is urgent.

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Government racks up debt, raids rainy day fund

The government updated this year’s budget today by showing it will pile on $1.125 billion in Crown debt alone in the 2013-14 budget year and raid the rainy day savings account, despite operating during a strong economy.

“First, this is the dishonest set of books that failed an audit, so we can’t trust what the government has chosen to release and what it has chosen to conceal here,” said NDP Deputy Leader and Finance Critic Trent Wotherspoon. “What we can pull from these nonsense numbers is that this government is not managing the finances well.

“This government is adding more than a billion dollars onto the debt this year and ripping money out of the rainy day fund to pretend everything is OK. And when the government screws up its finances, Saskatchewan families know they have to pick up the tab.”

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