REGINA - Today, Official Opposition Leader Carla Beck and Health Critic Vicki Mowat called on Scott Moe’s Sask. Party government to immediately address chronic disruptions to vital mother-child services across Saskatchewan.
“Expectant moms are being told to anticipate when they expect to deliver their babies. It’s absurd.” said Beck. “It’s frankly unacceptable and extremely irresponsible to make mothers who are in labour drive from town to town with no assurances that a bed will be available for them, in November no less.”
Expectant mothers have recently been turned away from hospitals in Yorkton, Swift Current and Estevan and forced to drive hours to deliver because of disruptions to obstetric and anesthetic services.
Mother-child services only just reopened in Meadow Lake when the Official Opposition obtained a closure notice that was not published on the closure directory of the SHA website but instead circulated in a local physicians Facebook group.
“The Sask. Party government’s retention rate for OB’s and anesthesiologists is appalling - 20% and 50%, respectively - and targeted investments to mother-child health are entirely missing from the Sask. Party’s health plan despite windfall resource revenues,” said Mowat. “If the Health Minister doesn’t ‘think there’s anything wrong with the system,’ it’s clear he’s not taking the health of Saskatchewan people seriously.”