The Saskatchewan government is continuing to face questions on the bed shortage in the Preeceville hospital.
Two years ago, Preeceville lost the ability to have 24 hour emergency services, narrowing it down to 12 hours a day during the week, and eight and a half hours on the weekend.
Minister of Rural and Remote Health, Greg Ottenbreit said hospital beds were never lost in this shortfall, but rather their duty has been adjusted.
“Looking at statistics here, really didn’t need those acute care beds, but we’ve committed to renewing those services as quickly as possible,” Ottenbreit said.
“What ended up transpiring was going from those ten acute care beds being used for long term care by getting it to the point of having six of those beds still somewhat flexible when it comes to long term care, and the other four flex beds that could be used for acute care services if the physicians wanted to use them that way,” Ottenbreit also said.
At one time, there was one physician working out of the Preeceville hospital.
Ottenbreit said now, there are three physicians in the Preeceville facility.