NDP Private Member’s Bill on Suicide Prevention Passes In SK legislature

Vermette: This is a win for all the families who have been fighting for stronger supports

REGINA – Today, the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan passed Bill 601, The Saskatchewan Strategy for Suicide Prevention Act, 2021 introduced by NDP Opposition Critic for Mental Health and Addictions Doyle Vermette. Vermette has long advocated for the implementation of a suicide prevention strategy in the province and was elated by the passing of the bill.

Internal report shows Sask. Party failed to act to keep seniors safe

REGINA – Today, the Official Opposition released an internal Saskatchewan Health Authority report compiled from a visit by SHA officials to Extendicare Parkside on December 2, 2020. The report flags inconsistencies and lack of PPE available to staff, in addition to concerns raised by frontline workers that they were being “harassed” by the employer if they reported feeling ill and self-isolated at home.

“Why?” – Sask. Family left stranded without care due to lack of ICU beds

REGINA – Today, the Official Opposition raised the voices of the family members of Richard Baron, an oncology patient waiting for urgent surgical care, demanding the Sask. Party government immediately address Saskatchewan’s overflowing ICUs. 

In April, Richard Baron was diagnosed with brain cancer which had spread to his lungs. Richard first needs surgery before he can start oncological treatments. However, his family was informed yesterday his urgent surgery was no longer possible, as Regina’s Intensive Care Units are too full. The family has been left hanging with no firm timelines for surgery.