Broten to cut backroom health waste to fund front-line workers

NDP Leader Cam Broten committed Sunday to cut the bloated management in health care, and redirect those resources to where they’re really needed: front-line patient care.

Broten will eliminate $25 million in upper management in health care, and redirect every dollar saved to create front-line care positions like nurses and continuing care aides.

“We don’t need more highly paid bureaucrats and layers of management in our hospitals. We need more nurses and care workers to provide the care the people of Saskatchewan expect and deserve,” said Broten. “The long wait for a nurse to come in acute care, the call bells going unanswered in seniors care and the staff run off their feet and getting burned out – that all has to stop.”

Between 2011 and 2014 alone, the number of managers grew by about 10 per at an estimated cost of $25 million. In contrast, 225 front-line jobs in Prince Albert’s health region are being left intentionally vacant, internal documents show the Sask. Party is cutting 150 front-line workers in Regina’s health region, and Saskatoon’s health region is bracing for job cuts.

With Brad Wall’s messed up priorities, health care didn’t see improvements in good economic times – and patients can’t trust them to protect and invest in care now that times are tight.