Region Contacts

Region 1 Office (Former Local 5111)

1291-100th Street
North Battleford, SK S9A 0W4
Phone: 445-6433 
Fax: 446-2405
Email:  cupe5111pres@sasktel.net

 

Region 2 Office (former Local 4777)

215-16th Street West
Prince Albert, SK S6V 3V4
Phone: 922-0600 
Fax: 763-8915 
Email: region2gvp@sasktel.net

 

Region 3 Office (former Local 3967)

1651 Park Street 
Regina, SK S4N 5A2 
Phone: 757-7925 
Fax: 757-6959
Email: cupe5430-r3@sasktel.net

 

Region 4 Office (former Local 5999)

46 – 3rd Street
Weyburn, SK
S4H 0V9
Phone: (306) 842-1559
Fax: (306) 842-1560
Email: 5430region4gvp@sasktel.net

 

Region 5 Office (former Local 4980)

180 A Broadway West
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 1E2
Phone: (306) 783-1396
Fax: (306) 783-1398
Email: renkas4980@sasktel.net

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

 

 

Saskatchewan's largest union joins opposition to government plans for private, user-pay CT scans

March 30 2016 - Regina - The Canadian Union of Public Employees, representing 30,000 workers in Saskatchewan, stands with the Canadian Health Coalition, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses in opposing the Saskatchewan Party's recently announced plans to expand privatization of diagnostic imaging from MRIs to CT scans.

"We know that Saskatchewan people - like all Canadians - cherish public health care as one of the great social advances of the 20th century. Yet the current Saskatchewan government appears determined to incrementally dismantle our public health care system and replace it with a for-profit, two-tier system," says CUPE Saskatchewan President Tom Graham.

Last year, a legal opinion commissioned by CUPE found that the Saskatchewan government's legislation ushering in private, for-profit MRI clinics violates the Canada Health Act. Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott is currently reviewing the legislation to assess its compliance with the Act.

The Saskatchewan Party government claims that privatization is the answer for reducing wait times, but this contradicts evidence and expert opinion while striking at the foundational principle of Medicare: equal access to health care based on need rather than private wealth.

As has been shown with private, user-pay MRI clinics in other Canadian provinces, private CT scan services will:

  • Permit queue-jumping
  • Increase existing inequities in the current system
  • Poach workers from the public sector
  • Fail to reduce public wait times
  • Increase public health costs

The reason for these outcomes is that private user-pay clinics and services primarily exist to maximize profits for their investors. Profit inserts misaligned incentives into health care, corroding the entire sector while actually driving up public costs.

"Where there are limitations within our existing capacity, the answer is simply to increase that capacity within the public system," says Graham. "There is no evidence to suggest that these privatization schemes improve health care delivery or reduce costs - and there's really a lot of evidence showing the opposite."

"These privatization initiatives in health care are driven by ideology and not best practices or the public good," says Gordon Campbell, President of the CUPE Health Care Council, which represents 13,600 Saskatchewan health care workers. "Investing in public health care is the simple, proven solution."

As Saskatchewan voters head to the polls for the April 4th provincial election, the Saskatchewan Party's escalating privatization schemes cast serious doubt on the government's commitment to universal public health care.

 

Download PDF - CT Scan Media Release

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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