Saskatchewan to now rent 300 persevering with care aids over 3 years

2021-04-08 05:57:27

Regardless of record-high spending highlighted in Saskatchewan’s 2021-22 well being funds, some say the provincial authorities has failed to deal with issues in long-term care (LTC).

On Tuesday, the province launched its roughly $17-billion funds with well being prices making up greater than one-third of the fee.

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Whereas the Saskatchewan Social gathering authorities caught to its marketing campaign promise of hiring 300 extra persevering with care aids (CCAs), it’s now being unfold over three years as a substitute of 1. On the similar time, the Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE) mentioned the funds fails to deal with problems with understaffing and infrastructure challenges.

“(CCAs) that was talked about through the election is 300 full-time equivalents. It’s undoubtedly wanted. And in case you’re going to be hiring 300 care aides and be capable to retain and recruit and alleviate the crushing workloads in (LTC), you’re going to have to offer significant work additionally,” CUPE 5430 president Sandra Seitz mentioned.

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Saskatchewan seniors’ minister Everett Hindley mentioned on Tuesday throughout a press briefing that lower than half of that promised quantity can be employed this funds 12 months.

“We’ve acquired funding dedicated for, it’s really about 108, I feel, CCAs that we’ll be hiring on this present funds 12 months … it’s a part of the general dedication which is the 300 that we need to get into the province however that is what we’re going to be doing,” Hindley mentioned.

“Our dedication is to rent 300 (CCAs) in Saskatchewan and various these can be employed this funds 12 months. We might need to rent them as shortly as attainable, recognizing, in fact, that there’s coaching that has to happen and to search out the folks to fill these positions.

“Our full intention we can be hiring the total complement of 300 CCSs. This 12 months, the funds allotment is to rent the primary 108 (CCAs) in Saskatchewan and we’ll rent the remaining as shortly as we are able to.”

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The minister additionally mentioned round $500,000 can also be being put aside for planning the substitute of Regina’s Pioneer Village.

“The funding within the funds for that’s about half one million {dollars} for planning {dollars}. Primarily what it’s, is we’re going to make use of that funding to develop the scope of the substitute of (LTC) beds in (Regina).

“Individuals can be conscious that there’s a course of underway already for the substitute of Regina Pioneer Village. What we’ve recognized and what the {dollars} dedicated to on this funds, the $500,000, is to develop the scope of that, to try all the (LTC) services in Regina and to actually broaden the scope of what that ought to appear to be sooner or later for the substitute of (LTC) beds in Regina,” Hindley mentioned.


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