News of layoffs in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region has CUPE concerned.
CUPE Local 3967 President Scott McDonald says it was well known RQHR was facing financial challenges, but he wasn’t expecting to hear about layoffs.
He says the news is creating a tremendous amount of uncertainty as no one knows what areas will feel the crunch or who is on the chopping block.
McDonald says more investment is needed in staffing, and not less.
He says public health care is one of our most valued services and the government must step up to the plate to ensure each and every resident of Saskatchewan has access to quality care.
The union represents more than 55-hundred workers in the health region.
In the meantime, the Saskatchewan NDP says healthcare in the province will suffer even more as a result of layoffs announced this week by the Regina and Saskatoon health regions.
Health critic Danielle Chartier says she understands Saskatchewan is not in as good a financial shape as it used to be, but it proves how the government mis-managed its finances