NDP leader Cam Broten says, if elected, his party would redirect wages in health care from management to front-line workers.
During a Sunday news scrum in Saskatoon Broten says bosses in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region took home 46-percent more money in 2015 than in 2012.
The NDP says Saskatoon Health Region’s management saw a 17-percent wage-increase, and across the province, that number was 20-percent.
The New Democrats are promising to eliminate 25-million dollars each year in upper management, directing that money to front-line positions like nurses and continuing care aides.
However, in a release Sunday afternoon, the Sask. Party says front-line health workers such as nurses and doctors have seen significant increases in compensation with doctors receiving a 20-percent increase while nurses received 30-percent. Also, Sask.
Party officials say there are 650 more doctors practicing in Saskatchewan and 3,000 more nurses of all designations, adding – based on recent data – Saskatchewan’s administration expenses are third-lowest out of the ten provinces in Canada.
They say administration expenses account for only 1.1-percent of the health system’s total budget in Saskatchewan.
(with files from CJWW)