Sumary of ‘Not far enough’: Saskatchewan health care unions respond to new COVID-19 measures:
- Saskatchewan health care provider unions are welcoming efforts to ease COVID-19 pressures on emergency rooms and intensive care units, but are also calling for more to be done to relieve burnt-out workers.
- “We need to have some breathing room in the system and that’s what a slowdown will give us,” said Saskatchewan Union of Nurses president Tracy Zambory.
- ” Saskatchewan enacting mandatory self-isolation order for positive COVID-19 cases As part of a suite of new pandemic measures announced Friday, the provincial government and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) announced a reduction in non-critical or elective services to expand surge capacity amid climbing COVID-19 cases.
- SHA surge targets include increasing from a baseline of 79 beds to 130 beds to accommodate a projected 80 COVID-19-infected ICU patients while maintaining care for on average 50 non-COVID ICU patients.
- Record high new COVID-19 cases in 2021 for Saskatchewan The province and SHA are also currently in discussions with health care provider unions to redistribute health care workers.
- The province said in a Friday morning press release that “if the SHA and unions cannot reach an agreement by Monday, Sept.
- ” Story continues below The province also announced intentions to recruit private contact tracers to further ease pressures on public health care workers as cases surge.
- 20 Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union President Tracey Sauer, though, echoed Zambory’s comments in a supplied statement.