Want to know how your workload tracking forms assist in the prioritization of safe staffing in Long-Term Care?
SEIU-West has sent a number of letters identifying staffing shortages in facilities within Heartland Health Region, Cypress Health Region, Five Hills Health Region, Heartland Health Region, Saskatoon Health Region and Extendicare. An investigation is currently underway within the Saskatoon Health Region. With your workload tracking forms, we are able to provide concrete examples and statistics of health care staff working short.
These letters have and will continue to be sent to the Employer. In these letters we have requested copies of priority tasks for staff to focus on when working with fewer than a full complement. It is vital that the Employer provide a modified work plan for all departments if working short.
To view these letters, click on the links below:
Cypress Health Region:
Five Hills Health Region:
Heartland Health Region:
Saskatoon Health Region:
Minister of Health:
In addition to these letters, SEIU-West has sent letters regarding specific situations. In 2015, SEIU-West submitted a full report on staffing levels in Long-Term Care to the Saskatchewan Ombudsman. We have also sent detailed emails to Barry Barss with the Saskatoon Health Region on July 9, 2013 and November 4, 2013; Saskatoon City Hospital (SPD) received emails on May 10, 2013 and June 10, 2013; St. Paul’s Hospital was sent letters on April 24, 2013 and July 25, 2013; Saskatoon City Hospital received a letter July 15, 2013; Sherbrooke Community Centre was sent a letter on December 3, 2014; Saskatoon Health Region Surgical Services (SCH, RUH & SPH) received a letter dated September 9, 2014; Providence Place received letters on January 30, 2015 and May 1, 2015; and letters were sent to the Ombudsman on December 11, 2014 and a presentation was made on February 10, 2015.
SEIU-West has also launched its Long Term Cares: We Need Safe Staffing Levels campaign, where you can send a letter to the Minister of Health! It’s important for the Minister to understand that unsafe staffing levels is a chronic situation that must be addressed immediately.
We will keep you posted on any new developments.
Click on the links below to download the Workload Tracking Form and a poster for your Unit bulletin board: