REGINA - Today, Official Opposition Leader Carla Beck and Rural and Remote Health Critic Matt Love grilled Premier Moe on the state of rural healthcare after Beck traveled to Esterhazy and spoke with community members concerned about their hospital’s closure.
“Saskatchewan people deserve quality healthcare close to home,” said Beck. “Moe is mismanaging our hospitals, failing to report hospital closures and forcing people in need of urgent care to drive hundreds of kilometers in the dead of winter with no open emergency room in sight.”
The Opposition took aim at the Sask. Party government’s record on rural healthcare today in question period after the Esterhazy emergency room was shuttered over the weekend and no notice was given other than a note on the front door directing people to Moosomin or Yorkton.
37 hospitals and health centres reported closures in July alone and concerned community members are forming Facebook groups and even apps to try to keep track of closures today.
“This government has chosen to hide their failures from the public, choosing their own political interests over public safety,” said Love. “Our healthcare system is in crisis and Scott Moe’s Sask. Party government seems more determined to cover up their mistakes than to fix them.”
The Official Opposition called on Scott Moe’s Sask. Party government to publicly report all disruptions to emergency services across Saskatchewan.