We are facing the fourth wave of COVID-19.
We know you are tired.
There is a health care staffing crisis. This crisis is the fault of the government, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and affiliate employers. For years they have chosen to staff with a just-in-time philosophy. This was part of the ill-advised, expensive, and disastrous LEAN initiative.
Our jobs are often temporary, relief, or part-time. Workers need more stable employment. We have repeated this to the employers again and again. Baseline staffing is so lean that we are working short on every shift. To be clear, this is a crisis not caused simply by the pandemic but rather an existing crisis exacerbated by the pandemic.
Now COVID-19 case numbers are rising, hospitalization numbers are rising, and more testing and assessments are needed.