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


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




Media Release: Shipping surgical patients out of province is unacceptable, says CUPE 5430

Media Release: Shipping surgical patients out of province is unacceptable, says CUPE 5430

REGINA: In a recent media release, the Sask. Party government announced it was moving forward with surgical privatization, including contracting out surgeries to for- profit providers, and shipping patients out of province for surgery in private clinics.

“Sixty years ago, the people of Saskatchewan came together to create universal Medicare. It is disappointing that our current government seems to be doing everything in its power to move the clock backwards and privatize our health care system,” said Bashir Jalloh, president of CUPE 5430.

“Contracting out surgeries is not a magic wand for wait times. In fact, there is little evidence to show that contracting out will result in shorter wait times. We point to Saskatchewan’s own MRI wait lists which have increased since the government implemented a two-tier system. Even in the case of private surgeries, these patients end up coming back to the public system for follow up. Home care and therapies are just a couple of programs that are also experiencing backlogs,” added Jalloh.

Studies have also shown that for-profit facilities often cut corners to reduce costs, which leads to lower quality care. Private clinics operate on a profit model and have higher administrative fees than public surgeries.

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

“At the end of the day, people should be able to access health care close to home. Sending people out of province adds unnecessary costs and creates unreasonable barriers to access care. If the Sask. Party government can afford to ship people out of province for surgeries, they can afford to invest in public solutions,” concluded Jalloh.

CUPE Local 5430 represents over 14,000 health care workers across Saskatchewan.



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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