Government ignoring more than $2.2 billion in needed hospital repairs

Saskatchewan’s hospitals and health facilities need over $2.2 billion in repairs, according to segments of a report released today – necessary repairs the government has been ignoring.

The report prepared by consulting firm VFA has been kept under wraps by the government, but segments of its findings were released Friday afternoon.

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Statement by Cam Broten, Leader of the Opposition

As we mark 147 years as a nation, our minds and hearts in Saskatchewan are with those coping with still-rising water, and the damage, heartache and stress caused by flooding.

Residents, neighbours and volunteers are working to keep each other safe and protect communities, showing, once again, that Saskatchewan is at its best when facing the worst. 

The official Opposition has been contacting leadership in the affected areas, and I am committed to serving as a constructive partner as cities, towns, villages, rural municipalities and First Nations look for information and support. We will be vigilant in ensuring the government is doing its part in the most efficient and effective way, so Saskatchewan families, producers and businesses can recover as quickly as possible.

Thank you to emergency personnel and to those in the media who have worked to keep us all informed and safe. The greatest gratitude is to each of you who have carried a sandbag, given your neighbours a ride to safety, made a donation to the comfort and recovery efforts or welcomed a displaced family into your home. Saskatchewan people have risen to the occasion once again, and I know the legions of volunteers and donors will be joined by many more in the coming hours and days.

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Another strike for Lean: health pros unhappy in ineffective system

81 per cent of doctors say they don’t have resources to be effective

A new survey shows doctors, nurses and health professionals are not happy with the way things are going, years into the government’s controversial Lean experiment to overhaul health care.

Only 19 per cent of doctors feel they now have the tools and resources to be effective and productive. That’s according to a memo from Saskatoon Health Region’s leadership, which outlines the region’s preliminary results from a province-wide survey.

NDP health critic Danielle Chartier said the preliminary results show things are getting worse instead of better seven years into the Lean experiment in health care. That includes three years of a four-year system-wide contract with an expensive American Lean consultant.

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Families take another cost of living hit from government

The government approved a 27 per cent hike on families’ SaskEnergy bills Wednesday, still failing to consider what the cost of living means for Saskatchewan families, still failing to take action to make life  affordable.

The increase comes on the heels of the government’s decision to raise SaskPower rates by 10.5 per cent, as well as SGI vehicle insurance and even SaskTel internet price hikes.

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NDP calls on government to follow Alberta, scrap P3 schools scheme

The Government of Alberta announced Wednesday it has scrapped its plan to build P3 schools, saying the P3 plan would cost an extra $14 million. Saskatchewan’s NDP is calling on the provincial government to do the same, and scrap its expensive and secretive P3 schools scheme.

“P3s are not right for schools,” said NDP Deputy Leader and education critic Trent Wotherspoon. “They cost more. It can take a lot longer to get shovels in the ground. And, we really lose access and more when we contract a private corporation to operate and control our kids’ schools over the life of a 30-year contract.”

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