NDP: Reinstate organ donation program now

Jessica Bailey one of hundreds of people left without answers following program suspension

REGINA - Today, Official Opposition Leader Ryan Meili, joined by Jessica Bailey, called on the Sask. Party government to listen to medical recommendations and do everything within its power to resume life-saving organ transplants here in the province. 

“These are the stories this government ignored this summer. These are the very real consequences of playing politics during a pandemic,” said Meili. “When this government talks about fairness, who are they talking about? They certainly aren’t talking about the thousands of Saskatchewan patients currently suffering without care due to Premier Moe and Minister Merriman’s decisions to ignore the science and medical recommendations.”

Jessica Bailey is a Saskatchewan resident who is currently suffering from stage five kidney failure. In the summer, Jessica had arranged for a transplant from a long-time friend currently living in Vancouver and was awaiting positive news on the surgery this fall. Instead, the surgery was cancelled due to staff redeployment and now, Jessica is one of hundreds left with uncertainty over the resumption of this life-saving surgery. 

“I would like to know why this government is using vulnerable people, like myself, as bargaining chips for their political agenda. We’re the ones living with these consequences,” said Bailey. “Is this government willing to make the same efforts to save my life as the unvaccinated patients being shipped out-of-province?”

The Official Opposition is calling for:

  • The Sask. Party government to work with federal and provincial counterparts to immediately find solutions to resume the organ donation program. 
  • The Sask. Party government to listen to medical professionals who have stated that gathering restrictions would enable the health system to reduce the surgical waitlists more quickly. 

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For more information please contact:

Brock Bowman

306-519-9549