Letter to the Editor: Government Needs to Implement Safe Staffing Levels in Health Care Facilities (July, 2020)
Government doesn’t make decisions for the people
In the midst of a pandemic, one would expect our government to take up the opportunity to implement a budget to spur the slowly opening economy to the benefit of Saskatchewan people. Instead, we bear witness to a government continuing to offer tax breaks to corporations while bemoaning a $2.4-billion “pandemic deficit.”
This is nothing new for this government.
Remember the move to sell off the Crowns a few years back, resulting in the loss of our provincial bus service? Are we to expect more of our Crowns to be on the block again to repair Sask. Party fiscal mismanagement?
Does anyone recall how the MLAs took a 3.5-per-cent wage cut, then demanded public sector workers do the same? The very next year the MLAs took that 3.5 per cent back as their wage hike and they have enjoyed an increase every year since.
Health care workers always have, and always will, put the needs of patients first. Because they care. The failure to create a work standard which realizes safe staffing levels in all health care facilities, leaving these facilities with unsafe staffing, is of detriment to the patients, clients and long-term care-home residents of this province.
Much needed tests, activities to keep the mind and body active, feeding, bathing, assistance with activities of daily living are delayed. Health care workers have no control when there is no minimum standards for staffing levels. We need our government to care.