Government misses the mark: waits for surgeries still too long

Saskatchewan patients continue to wait too long for surgery as the government is failing to meet surgical wait time targets, thanks to short-sighted cuts and mismanagement.

The wait-time goal set in 2010 to be complete in 2014 will not be met in Saskatchewan’s two largest health regions, Regina Qu’Appelle and Saskatoon, where the most surgeries are performed.

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NDP wants dangerous truck traffic rerouted from Dewdney Avenue

When the provincial government amalgamated heavy haul traffic into the Global Transportation Hub (GTH), it failed to put a plan in place to route vehicles away from residential areas – now Regina families and the NDP are calling for a common sense solution before it’s too late.

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Government must start taking health privacy seriously

With the release of another privacy commissioner report today, NDP health critic Danielle Chartier is asking the government to start taking the commissioner’s recommendations, and people’s private health information, seriously.

“In 2010, the independent privacy commissioner made a number of recommendations after revealing that people’s private health information just wasn’t secure in Saskatchewan,” said Chartier. “Four years later, this government hasn’t taken action and we have even more cases of breached privacy, another report and more recommendations. This has got to stop.”

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Government votes against fixing dishonest bookkeeping

Under questioning about its failed audit, the government voted against a motion Monday to use truthful accounting – a move by the government in favour of protecting its dishonest financial reporting practices.

“This is unprecedented,” said NDP finance critic Trent Wotherspoon. “This government failed an audit as a result of its dishonest accounting practices. For the government to say now it wants to continue those dishonest practices – that’s utter disrespect for taxpayers, and it has to stop.”

In Monday’s Public Accounts Committee meeting, with the independent provincial auditor present, Wotherspoon moved for the committee to vote in favour of rectifying the unprecedented failed audit, and take action to ensure that Saskatchewan's public finances are honest and reliable.

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NDP opposes closure of Pasqua pediatrics

The official Opposition wants the government to change course and stop the closure of children’s treatment units at Regina’s Pasqua Hospital.

Following a decision from the health region, pediatric care in Regina would be delivered only at the Regina General Hospital. Children battling cancer being treated at the Pasqua’s Allan Blair Cancer Centre would be moved to the General Hospital, away from the cancer treatment centre. And, pediatric intensive care would be closed entirely, leaving care for the sickest children only available in Saskatoon.

“This government is dismissing the needs of patients and the pressures of growth while it continues its cuts to health care,” said Danielle Chartier, NDP health critic.

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