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MEDIA RELEASE: Better Retention Strategies Needed for Saskatchewan’s Ailing Public Healthcare System

Moose Jaw— On Thursday June 15, 2023, the Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast event for SaskParty MLA and Minister for Rural and Remote Health, Everett Hindley.
SEIU-West members and their supporters were outside the Moose Jaw Event Centre to bring attention to the lack of a focused plan on the part of the SaskParty government to retain and invest in our frontline healthcare workers. Specifically, Mr. Hindley’s dismissive comments about Continuing Care Assistants (CCAs).

Media Release: Public Healthcare for All!

For Immediate Release

June 1, 2023

Saskatoon—Supporters of a strong public healthcare system joined SEIU-West members at the Saskatoon Cabinet Office to highlight the need for government investment in the patients, clients, and residents and the people who care for them in this province. 

Media Release: What They're Paid to Do

For Immediate Release
April 5, 2023

Saskatchewan—In what seems to be an attempt to ignore the legitimate concerns of the largest classification of union members in the health care sector, Minister Everett Hindley declared in a legislative committee that Continuing Care Assistants (CCAs) don’t deserve any retention initiatives because they are paid to do the job they do, and that’s retention enough.

Media Release: Agreement for Out-of-Province Surgeries a Bad Move

For Immediate Release
March 29, 2023

Saskatchewan—In a misguided effort to cut wait times for certain orthopedic surgeries in Saskatchewan, the SaskParty government has signed a $6 million contract with a Calgary-based private clinic to perform hip and knee replacements. The deal with Canadian Surgical Solutions Ltd., represented by former SaskParty Finance Minister Kevin Doherty, was announced on March 28th. SEIU-West believes the most effective way to reduce surgical wait times is to invest in the public health care system in our own province.

Media Release: Will Federal Funds be Invested in Front Line Healthcare?

For Immediate Release - March 2, 2023

Saskatchewan— Yesterday, the Federal and Provincial governments announced an agreement in principle on health care funding. Saskatchewan will get almost $6 billion in federal funding over the next 10 years, including an “unconditional, one-time” Canada Health Transfer (CHT) top-up of $61 million to deal with “immediate” needs, such as pressures in children’s hospitals, emergency rooms, and long surgical wait times.

Media Release: Increased Federal Healthcare Funds Must be Invested in the Public System

For Immediate Release - February 13, 2023

SaskatchewanLast week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the provincial and territorial Premiers to discuss commitments to increase healthcare funding provided to the provinces by $46 billion over the next ten years. These funds include an immediate $2 billion top-up to the previously provided transfer payments.

Media Release: A Safe Spot Means A Lot

Saskatoon—In response to the increased number of incidents and assaults reported by healthcare workers in Saskatoon, SEIU-West has launched their A Safe Spot Means A Lot campaign. The lack of parking available for staff coupled with the expansion of residential parking permit zones has resulted in healthcare workers walking for up to 20 minutes, alone in the dark, on streets which may not be shoveled, or even have sidewalks.

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