CUPE 5430 Main Office

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
Email:  r1gvp@cupe5430.ca

 

Region 2 Office (former Local 4777)

215-16th Street West
Prince Albert, SK S6V 3V4
Phone: 922-0600 
Fax: 763-8915 
Email: r2gvp@cupe5430.ca 

 

Region 3 Office (former Local 3967)

1651 Park Street 
Regina, SK S4N 5A2 
Phone: 757-7925 
Fax: 757-6959
Email: r3gvp@cupe5430.ca 

 

Region 4 Office (former Local 5999)

46 – 3rd Street
Weyburn, SK
S4H 0V9
Phone: (306) 842-1559
Fax: (306) 842-1560
Email: r4gvp@cupe5430.ca 

 

Region 5 Office (former Local 4980)

180 A Broadway West
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 1E2
Phone: (306) 783-1396
Fax: (306) 783-1398
Email: r5gvp@cupe5430.ca 

 

 

News

Union speaks out about bed closures at Shellbrook Hospital

Union speaks out about bed closures at Shellbrook Hospital

CUPE Local 5430 took a stand against bed closures at Parkland Integrated Health Center in Shellbrook, the Premier’s home community, where half of the acute beds were shut down on May 20, 2022 due to short staffing.

“With beds being closed these communities are now having to travel further for care and to see loved ones. We believe this is adding an extra hardship to the elderly, as most of the communities have a large group of elderly people living in their towns, who rely on the Shellbrook facility,” said. Sharon Paul, General Vice-President for Region 2. “Even before the bed closures happened the facility is often on bypass – which means beds are full and new patients can not be accepted. This means patients seeking care would have to travel further for care. And delays could be deadly.”

It started as a closure of five beds out of 20. But since May 20, ten beds have been closed. The union has been told that five of the bed closures are temporary to cover holidays, and that they plan for a phased increase to beds in July.

“We are in the midst of a recruitment and retention issue in rural Saskatchewan. And unless steps are taken to improve working conditions in health care, I am afraid for the future of care in Shellbrook. And I am afraid for my family members who live in the service area. Where will they go when these beds are filled? What will happen when they need lab tests, and samples have to be sent to Saskatoon. What will happen when they need an X-ray and we have no X-ray techs?” added Paul.

Like health care facilities across the province, Shellbrook is seriously short staffed in all areas, including lab, CCAs, LPNs and diagnostic services. This is having an impact on service levels across the board. We know that there are dozens of rural communities facing service disruptions right now which are listed on the Sask. Health Authority website.

“The north relies on Shellbrook. It is not enough just to have buildings. We need to invest in health care personal,” said Paul. “CUPE Local 5430 will continue to draw attention to the situation in Shellbrook, and to call for measures to address recruitment and retention issues in rural Saskatchewan and beyond. 

 

 

 

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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