Government must release seniors care update due yesterday

A 60-day update on the government’s drop-in-the-bucket response to the seniors care crisis was due yesterday, and the NDP wants it released publicly.

“This government scrapped minimum standards in seniors care homes, and the treatment of seniors in care homes since then has been nothing short of a crisis,” said Danielle Chartier, NDP health critic. “Instead of reinstating and strengthening minimum standards and setting the minimum staffing levels seniors need to be cared for with dignity, this government funded only a few pieces of equipment and repairs.

“The government was scheduled to receive its first update yesterday on whether the few pieces of replacement equipment have made any strides in solving the seniors care crisis, or if it’s just a stall tactic and a drop-in-the-bucket that won’t stem the tide of shocking and sad stories coming out of seniors care homes.”

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Government must act to get grain to market

With a rail strike averted and a significant grain transportation crisis ongoing, the NDP is calling again for the government to act on joint running rights and non-performance penalties for rail companies.

“This government has been treating the rail companies with kid gloves while those rail companies are failing to get the job done for Saskatchewan producers,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “Saskatchewan doesn’t have enough competition in rail companies. Too many producers are at the mercy of just two corporations.”

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NDP blasts plan to raise taxes

The government is looking to raise education taxes and use the money to fund bridges and overpasses -- a plan NDP Leader Cam Broten says is wrong because it forces Saskatchewan families to pay more, and takes money out of education to cover this government's infrastructure holes in other areas.

"Government revenue and government spending is higher than ever," said Broten. "This government shouldn't have to keep turning to Saskatchewan families to pay more." 

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No eliminating nurses: NDP wants deal extended

The NDP opposes the government ending its short-term deal with the nurses union that was put in place to stop the government from eliminating nursing jobs and risking patient safety.

The November deal is set to end Friday. The NDP opposes eliminating nurses during the short-staffing crisis in the health care system.

“Anyone who has been a patient or taken a loved one to the hospital lately knows there are short-staffing problems – from shift-to-shift – cleaning staff, nurses and doctors aren’t at the right levels,” said Danielle Chartier, NDP health care critic. “Patients, families and health care workers report problems, including patient safety concerns, because nurses are stretched too thin.”

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NDP hopes government’s second look at P3 schools will lead to better plan

After months of dismissing concerns, the government has apparently quietly informed school divisions it is taking a second look at its P3-schools plan due to growing concern that it is not the most cost-effective or prudent approach to building and operating schools.

"This government has been stubbornly plowing ahead with its P3-school agenda, and it has even criticized the Opposition for raising very legitimate concerns about this plan," said Trent Wotherspoon, NDP Deputy Leader and Education Critic. "So we're pleased to see that this government appears to finally be taking a second look at its misguided scheme for P3 schools."

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