For Immediate Release – September 16, 2016
Saskatoon – SEIU-West members who work for the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) are extremely disappointed by the news that their employer is conducting layoffs due to a funding shortage. Front line employees were given notices of layoff yesterday in order to save the region money.
“This announcement contradicts the principles of our partnership agreement with the government,” said Barbara Cape, President of SEIU-West. “We agreed to support the principles of better health, better care, better value and better teams.”
In September of 2014, SEIU-West inked a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Health and four health regions – Saskatoon, Cypress, Five Hills and Heartland – which intended to have the parties work on such areas as promoting a culture of safety, increasing employee engagement, recruitment and retention, attendance support and scheduling.
“We have been working closely with the Saskatoon and other Health Regions to ensure that we can meet the goals set out in the partnership agreement,” continues Cape. “How can we reach them without fair, equitable revenues in the funding of health care for all citizens in Saskatchewan, so that funding is directed to where they receive care, irrespective of where they live? We believe that this comes down to the government’s funding model which is focused more on reducing their expenses and not on health care needs of the population.”
The Saskatoon Health Region covers approximately 59,000 more Saskatchewan residents than the Regina Qu’Appelle Region, but receives approximately $150 less per resident in funding. SHR, as a provincial referral centre, provides specialized care for many residents who live outside the region and the funding allotted by the government to meet those added service demands is obviously inadequate. Where is that money?
“If you compare the per capita funding of Saskatoon and Regina Qu’Appelle Health Regions you will find that SHR routinely receives much less,” added Cape. “We feel that patients, residents and clients deserve public health care that is funded properly by our government.”
SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in health care, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors. They are joined by one colour – purple – and one union – SEIU-West. Purple works in our communities! Visit www.PurpleWorks.ca to find out more about the members of SEIU-West.a
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