CUPE 5430 Main Officec

1111 Osler St. Regina SK  S4R 8R4
Phone:  306–546-2185


Region 1 Office (Former Local 5111)

1291-100th Street
North Battleford, SK S9A 0W4
Phone: 445-6433 
Fax: 446-2405


Region 2 Office (former Local 4777)

215-16th Street West
Prince Albert, SK S6V 3V4
Phone: 922-0600 
Fax: 763-8915 


Region 3 Office (former Local 3967)

1651 Park Street 
Regina, SK S4N 5A2 
Phone: 757-7925 
Fax: 757-6959


Region 4 Office (former Local 5999)

46 – 3rd Street
Weyburn, SK
S4H 0V9
Phone: (306) 842-1559
Fax: (306) 842-1560


Region 5 Office (former Local 4980)

180 A Broadway West
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 1E2
Phone: (306) 783-1396
Fax: (306) 783-1398




$6 million price tag to ship patients out of province for surgeries is unacceptable: CUPE 5430

The Sask. Party government has signed a $6 million agreement with a Calgary based for-profit corporation, Canadian Surgery Solutions, to provide an undisclosed number of surgeries to Saskatchewan residents. Canadian Surgery Solutions is part of a national network of for-profit private surgical clinics owned by Kensington Capital Partners Limited, an investment firm with $2.6 billion in assets under management.

“Contracting out surgeries is not a magic silver bullet for wait times. It is a costly scheme with little evidence it will reduce overall wait times,” said Bashir Jalloh, president of CUPE 5430. “If the Sask. Party government can afford to ship people out of province for surgeries, they can afford to invest in public solutions.”

The costs associated with private surgeries are staggering, with research from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) showing that private surgeries double what surgeries cost in the public system. According to CIHI, the average cost for a single hip or knee replacement operation in the public system is $12,223. Costs for private, for-profit replacement runs in the range of $20,000 to $28,000, depending on the clinic.

“The move towards further privatization will only worsen our recruitment and retention challenges. There is a limited pool of health care staff in Canada, and the privatization of more health care services will pull medical staff away from the public system,” added Jalloh.

CUPE 5430 is also concerned about the outcome for patients who must travel out of province. Travelling for surgery comes with extra costs and logistical hurdles and may lead to complications with recovery.

“Even in the case of private surgeries in Alberta, patients will re-enter the public system in Saskatchewan for follow up, home care and therapies – programs that are also experiencing backlogs,” said Jalloh. “Across our health care system, staffing levels should be increased to reduce wait times and improve quality of care.”

CUPE 5430 has been calling on the Sask. Party government to look at public solutions such as expanding operating hours, hiring more staff, and opening more training spaces.



About CUPE Local 5430

CUPE Local 5430 is the largest health care union in Saskatchewan, representing over 13,600 members. We represent a wide range of health care providers in five major classification areas: clerical, technical, nursing, support and plant operations. Together, we each contribute to the well-being of hospital patients, long-term care residents and home care clients.

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