Overcapacity in Regina NICU causes families to move out of province for care

Families in need of neonatal care are feeling the impact of Sask. Party underfunding of healthcare. Saskatchewan families can’t get the help they need here, so they are being flown out-of-province for treatment.

 

Families in need of neonatal care are feeling the impact of Sask. Party underfunding of healthcare. Saskatchewan families can’t get the help they need here, so they are being flown out-of-province for treatment.

"These families are already going through a stressful enough time being sick or with a sick child," said NDP Health Critic Danielle Chartier. "To be forced to pack up and leave the province because the region is understaffed and doesn’t have enough beds can be terribly disruptive for a family."

On the weekend it was reported that the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Regina General Hospital was full and as a result four patients had to be moved – two to another health region within the province and two out-of-province.Chartier said the government has failed to ensure enough beds and staff to serve the needs of Saskatchewan families.

"This is not a new problem to the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region or any other region in Saskatchewan," said Chartier. "This government simply hasn’t been willing to address the problem – that’s evident in these four new cases of families having to move away from home to get the proper care for their sick children."