The closure of the Saskatchewan Transportation Company isn’t just affecting people who would ride the bus from destination-to-destination.
Sandra Seitz, the president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Health Care Council, says rural hospitals depended on STC buses to transport medical samples that would be tested in urban centres.
Seitz says without buses, hospitals have had to resort to other options to transport specimens.
“Well, what I understand is in some cases they are using private couriers,” Seitz said. “Maybe family or co-workers to deliver the samples. And in some cases, they are sent by taxi cab.”
Seitz says some of these medical samples need to arrive to a testing facility within 24 hours, others need to stay frozen, and in some cases, doctors need results within hours to begin medical care.
She says the situation has forced some patients to provide another sample to be sent because it took too long to get their first sample to the urban centre.