CUPE 5430, the largest health care union in the province, has launched a public survey to find out the full extent the impact staffing shortages are having on health care providers and the communities they serve.
"People across Saskatchewan are struggling to access health care in a timely manner and in or around the communities they call home," said Bashir Jalloh, president of CUPE 5430 and a nuclear medicine technologist. "Dozens of communities are facing service disruptions, emergency room shutdowns, bed closures and service cuts. This survey will help us illustrate the scope of the problem and present clear solutions. "
CUPE leadership has been tracking service disruptions and facility closures through the Saskatchewan Health Authority website, but the governments lack of transparency in their public reports fails to show the full extent of the problem .
"The Sask. Party government needs to take this issue seriously. If you are concerned about the state of health care in your community, I urge you to fill out the survey. Every single submission will show how serious the problem is and that the people of Saskatchewan are ready to stand up and take action,” concluded Jalloh.