Region Contacts

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

1651 Park Street, Regina, SK S4N 5A2 306-546-2185




CUPE Local 5430: Private surgeries not a solution to wait time backlog

CUPE Local 5430: Private surgeries not a solution to wait time backlog

Throughout the pandemic, the Moe government has shown its reluctance to listen to medical experts to enact public health measures in a timely way. This mishandling has directly contributed to today’s current backlog of surgeries. CUPE Local 5430 is concerned about the backlog for surgical procedures and diagnostic services, but improvements can and must be made within our public and universal health care system.

“Contracting out surgeries is not a magic silver bullet for wait times. There is a limited pool of health care staff, and privatization of more health care services will pull medical staff away from the public system,” said Bashir Jalloh, president of CUPE Local 5430. This decision will only worsen our recruitment and retention challenges.

Contracting out surgeries will cost our citizens more. Private clinics operate on a profit model and have higher administrative fees than public surgeries. A 2011 BC study found that knee surgery for injured workers in a for-profit clinic cost $3,200 compared to

$960 in a public hospital.

Furthermore, there is little evidence that contracting out surgical procedures will result in shorter wait times. Even in the case of private surgeries these patients come back to the public system for follow up, home care and therapies – programs that are also experiencing backlogs. Studies have also found that for-profit facilities often cut corners to reduce costs, which leads to lower quality care.

“There are significant challenges in recruitment and retention that the government simply isn’t dealing with. Across our health care system, staffing levels should be increased to reduce wait times and improve quality of care,” added Jalloh. We need to invest in our health care infrastructure to address our old and crumbling buildings. No amount of private surgeries will address the large scale issues our health care system is facing.



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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