Moe needs to make health care count

Regina Leader-Post - - OPINION -

How is Premier Moe keep­ing Saskatchewan stronger?

Would he like the con­stant stress of go­ing to work ev­ery day know­ing that he will have to work short-staffed? For so many health care work­ers, this is our nor­mal. This im­pacts the pa­tients, clients, and res­i­dents and staff that pro­vide hands-on care and sup­port. In long-term care, we have many res­i­dents with com­plex needs; it takes a lot of time to pro­vide their care.

How does our premier jus­tify care providers hav­ing to tell some­one that we can’t do some­thing they have re­quested be­cause we don’t have time? It’s not fair to our res­i­dents. What is hap­pen­ing in long-term care is that res­i­dents are scared to re­quest any­thing be­cause they know that care providers can’t ac­com­mo­date their re­quest.

Health care pro­gram cuts, pri­va­ti­za­tion and ne­glect in man­ag­ing un­safe staffing lev­els have all come at the di­rec­tion of our gov­ern­ment and their fis­cal poli­cies.

We know that cor­po­rate tax breaks in Saskatchewan are a pri­or­ity for Premier Moe. When will health care be­come im­por­tant to him?

Too many hands-on care providers have not re­ceived any wage in­creases since 2016 — so jobs go un­filled, over­time de­mands in­crease and un­safe care and work en­vi­ron­ments have be­come com­mon­place.

Enough is enough, Premier Moe. It doesn’t take years for your gov­ern­ment to add new MLA po­si­tions, and each year you en­joy cost of liv­ing in­creases. How about pro­vid­ing health care work­ers a fair con­tract of­fer that meets our ris­ing cost of liv­ing? It’s not fair to pa­tients, clients and res­i­dents when they have to wait, and it’s not fair to keep us wait­ing ei­ther.

Sandi Han­kla, Saska­toon Han­kla is a long-term care worker

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