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“We are actively developing a plan to address this issue,” the health ministry said, but did not provide further details.

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Saskatchewan’s Department of Health said it was developing a plan to deal with service disruptions at health care facilities across the province, a spokesperson said in an emailed statement Thursday.

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The statement followed a Wednesday investigation by the Regina Leader-Post as Local 5430 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents thousands of employees in technical, clerical, nursing, support and plant operations issued a statement in late July demanding more transparency from the government on service interruptions.

The union disputes the notifications posted on the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s website because they only include disruptions of a week or more. The union says IInformation about closures and service disruptions should be publicly available and tracked.

The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to restoring and stabilizing health care services in facilities where temporary service disruptions are occurring. We are actively developing a plan to address this issue,” the health ministry said in the statement, but refrained from explaining what that plan might look like.

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“Temporary service disruptions may occur on short notice. Our priority is always to ensure that patients, healthcare providers and other members of the public are aware of temporary service disruptions at their local healthcare facility,” the statement continued.

The statement said notices posted at facilities detail the hours affected and also list other locations for people to access the service, if needed. He also mentioned that longer interruptions are online.

There are concerns about the reliability of these notifications at facilities, which were posted at entrances, such as when disruptions were announced at Kamsack.

“I was in Kamsack the day they closed the ER there. On the website and in the hospital in Kamsack, they were ordering people to go to Canora,” Tria Donaldson, union communications representative, told The Leader-Post on Wednesday.

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“Then when I was driving through Canora just to check things out and ER was closed in Canora and on their doorstep, they were directing people to Kamsack,” Donaldson said.

In addition to the general public’s uncertainty about short-term closures, such as the multiple round-the-clock disruptions in Melville, the union fears the lack of notifications will make it difficult for its members if they don’t know where. they could work. some day.

“We need to know the full extent of the problem so that we can move forward with solutions,” President Bashir Jalloh said in a statement.

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