In response to fresh reports of extreme overcrowding, long wait times, and hallways crowded with patients at Regina's Pasqua Hospital, the Saskatchewan NDP is calling on the Sask. Party Health Minister to release the findings of the hallway medicine review he ordered in October, or if it’s yet to be completed, to provide an update on the work being done to address the issue.
"We know that overcrowding, long waits and hallway medicine are the reality in both Saskatoon and Regina, yet this government has been painfully slow to act," said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. "Now flu season is upon us, and our Emergency Rooms are bursting at the seams.”
Among the problems resulting from ER crowding has been a chronic delay in ambulances being able to offload patients, which recently resulted in an elderly woman experiencing stroke-like symptoms having to wait 45 minutes for an ambulance.
“The Minister has had ample time to act, but we’ve seen no improvement. What, if anything, has the Sask. Party done over the past three months to address overcrowding and long wait times in our Emergency Rooms?"