SGEU calls for stability, more staff, and commitment to public services in health restructuring

SGEU/NUPGE has made recommendations to the review advisory panel, stressing the vital role health workers play in providing quality care to patients, residents and families.

Regina (11 Oct. 2016) — Health care works best when health care workers are able to do their jobs in a stable environment with enough staff and resources to provide quality care.

SGEU/NUPGE emphasizes to panel vital role health care workers play in system

That’s the message the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE) is sending the provincial government in response to its plan to restructure health care in the province.  An advisory panel has been asked to recommend a new structure with fewer health regions.  Government’s goal is to “achieve administrative efficiencies” and “consolidate health care services.”

SGEU/NUPGE has made recommendations to the review advisory panel, stressing the vital role health workers play in providing quality care to patients, residents and families.

Health restructuring could affect SGEU/NUPGE members in the Kelsey Trail, Mamawetan-Churchill River, and Keewatin Yatthé Health Regions, in the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, and in eHealth Saskatchewan.

Privatization of health care services is not the answer

Key concerns for SGEU include:

Workplace stability: Workplace disruptions add to the stress health workers already experience due to workload pressures.

Staffing levels: A health review should assess current staffing levels, and address shortages, especially in rural and northern areas.

Public health care: Plans to consolidate services could open the door to further privatization. The consolidation of laundry services a few years ago led to a province-wide privatization, with all services handed to Alberta-based K-Bro Linen. Profit-driven health care has no place in our public health care system.

The advisory panel will be making recommendations to government later this fall.

More information: 

SGEU Health Provider submission

SGEU Saskatchewan Cancer Agency submission

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