“Gimme the loot”: Out-of-province travel nurse company fires taxpayer money gun in SK promo video

Sask. NDP commits to grow-your-own healthcare strategy

REGINA - Today, the Saskatchewan NDP grilled Scott Moe’s Sask. Party government for its failed health plan and increasing reliance on costly out-of-province travel nurses after a private nursing company released a promotional video of a man firing a taxpayer money gun in a Saskatchewan canola field. 

“Travel nurses used to be a one-off, fill-in-the-gap tool. But under this tired and out-of-touch government, travel nurses have become a costly baked-in part of our healthcare system,” said Health Critic Vicki Mowat. “We should be training more Saskatchewan people to become healthcare workers, and skilling-up the folks who are already here. It’s common sense.”

The caption of the taxpayer money gun video reads “POINT OF VIEW: YOU JUST FINISHED YOUR SASKATCHEWAN CONTRACT MAKING $92/HOUR”. “Gimme the Loot”, a song by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., plays in the background. 

According to SHA annual reports, the out-of-province travel nurse company in question received $6.2 million from the Sask. Party government over the last four years.

Last month, 49 emergency room nurses penned a letter to the Health Minister. The letter says that differences in pay and benefits, along with the government favouring out-of-province travel nurses for open shifts, are making staff morale worse in Saskatchewan hospitals. The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses predicts that the province is on track to spend a record $70 million on travel nurses in 2024, and its most recent member’s survey suggests that 58% of Saskatchewan nurses are thinking of leaving the province’s health system.

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