The opposition in Saskatchewan is alarmed at the number of needles found in clean hospital linen.
NDP critic Nicole Sarauer raised the issue in question period Tuesday.
She raised concerns about privatization of hospital laundry services.
She is upset at the number of needles, syringes and even surgical scalpels found in so-called clean hospital linen.
Health minister Jim Reiter says the number of sharp objects found in clean linen is a cause for concern but it happened before privatization and also occurs across Canada.
He has asked ministry officials to look into the issue.
But he says privatization of hospital laundry has saved millions of dollars which are used for core health care services.