Low staffing levels in health care is a real problem: NDP

Negotiations with nurses stall over the number of nurses on shift

With negotiations between the Sask. Party government and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses stalled, NDP Health critic Danielle Chartier is urging the Sask. Party to realize that low staffing levels are a real problem they can’t keep ignoring.

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Sask. Party blocks transparency on GTH land deal before election

Members of the Sask. Party blocked a motion to thoroughly investigate a highly troubling Sask. Party land purchase at the Global Transportation Hub, and provide an update on that investigation before the provincial election. 

“Voting against a public report on the actions of the premier and his cabinet is beyond weak and nothing short of disgusting,” said NDP deputy leader Trent Wotherspoon. “This Global Transportation Hub land deal and the millions wasted by the Sask. Party is incredibly disturbing, and no one can suggest otherwise.”

The motion, presented in an amended form by Wotherspoon at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Wednesday, was blocked with a ‘no’ vote by every Sask. Party member of the committee.

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NDP calls for physician retention to be the priority

Specialist doctors quitting over government’s attempt to change a contract’s structure

The NDP is furious that Health Minister Dustin Duncan says he won’t do a thing about fleeing radiologists, prioritizing a plan to change the structure of their contract over physician retention and patient care. 

The radiologists are leaving due to the Sask. Party’s move to stop a Regina radiology group from renewing their contract as a group. The move has led to highly skilled radiology specialists leaving the province, including Regina’s only radiologists doing cardiac MRIs, and including six radiologists under the age of 40. 

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Mid-year funding for schools desperately needed: NDP

English as an Additional Language program funding cut this year

The NDP says it wants a mid-year funding adjustment for schools immediately, including resources for English as an Additional Language (EAL) programs.

That call comes as the director of education for the Regina Public School Board pointed to upwards of 900 new EAL students entering classrooms, including 165 refugee students from Syria; but still only 38 EAL teachers for the whole division.

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Implementation of Lean in Health Care a Mess: New Report

The Sask. Party's Lean project is “stifling,” “disempowering,” and not making real improvements to health care, according to a new report prepared by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan.

The report, released Tuesday, shows that researchers heard frustration from frontline health care workers about the piles of resources poured into Lean, to simply achieve “grade five...common sense stuff.” When patients were interviewed for this study, the only changes they could identify over the last two years were negative, noting that the quality of care has declined.

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