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Sask. health care: A million hours of overtime clocked by nurses this year, union says

The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses said nurses have clocked more than a million hours of overtime this year as they face a shortage in their profession.

 “We’re so short-staffed like we have over a million hours of overtime so far clocked this year, (which would pay for) 720 full-time equivalents,” SUN president Tracy Zambory told CTV News.

 SEIU-West, the union representing St. Paul hospital workers, is also seeing staffing issues.

 “They don’t have the emotional, physical or mental ability to keep running at this level of crisis,” SEIU-West president Barbara Cape said.

 Zambory said the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s newly announced “action plan” to alleviate overcrowding in Saskatoon hospitals does not address core issues.

 “Unfortunately, we were not given the ability to have any sort of input in this plan,” she said.

 SHA CEO Andrew Will said staff and unions have been included in conversations.

“We’ve had ongoing engagement with staff and with our union partners over the many initiatives that we have implemented,” Will said in a press conference on Tuesday.

 A letter to SHA leaders signed by 118 emergency department staff at St. Paul’s Hospital cited issues of overcrowding, unsafe ratios of nurses to patients and indignity experienced by patients treated in hallways.

“I had the opportunity to be in the emergency department to speak with staff and physicians and we have included some of their ideas in this plan as well,” Will said.

Zambory said out-of-province agency nurses at St. Paul’s hospital are being paid $120 an hour.

“This is no way to run a healthcare system. We’re going to find ourselves bankrupt if we think this is a solution that we’re going to hang our hats on,” she said.

Zambory said the union is

N.L. creating new daycare spaces for health professionals with irregular hours

A man stands at a podium in front of three banners. A large statue of Buzz Lightyear as tall as the room itself stands in the background.
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey announced Thursday that the government is partnering with the YMCA to create 160 new child-care spaces for health-care professionals in St. John’s, Bonavista and Corner Brook. (Jeremy Eaton/CBC)

The Newfoundland and Labrador government is partnering with the YMCA to create new daycare spaces exclusively for health-care professionals with hours outside the standard workday.

The province will open around 160 new $10-per-day spaces in at a new building on St. Michael’s Avenue in St. John’s, Discovery Collegiate in Bonavista and Eastside Elementary in Corner Brook. The spaces should be ready in the next six months and will have hours that meet the needs of medical professionals, said Premier Andrew Furey at an announcement Thursday.

“Your job often starts at 7 a.m. May end at four, may not end at four,” said Furey, who is also an orthopedic surgeon.

“That creates significant child-care issues.… I’ve seen nurses scrambling in the background scrambling being scrubbed, calling out their friends to try and arrange child care for them, and an initiative like this will actually go a long, long way to provide certainty to the hard-working women and men in the system.”

Furey said the program’s longer-term goal is to provide 24/7 child-care options for those who work varying shifts, adding it could attract more nurses and other medical professionals to the province.

“What we are hearing, loud and clear across all medical disciplines, is what people want the most is the professional-personal balance. And this will unlock that for them,” he said.

A woman with brown hair and glasses stands in front of a banner for the YMCA.
Registered Nurses’ Union of Newfoundland and Labrador president Yvette Coffey says health-care professionals are in desperate need of child-care spaces. (Jeremy Eaton/CBC)

The announcement comes after nearly 2,000 health-care workers were surveyed about their child-care needs. Yvette Coffey, president of the Registered Nurses’ Union of

Medical care is hours away in B.C. Why do people in Fort Liard, N.W.T., have to drive to Yellowknife?

In Fort Liard, N.W.T., residents are hopeful the next territorial government can address health care issues that plague the community — including one very particular to the community. 

Fort Liard has a small health centre and an occasional doctor, but residents need to leave town for any serious medical treatment.  

It is only a two-and-a-half hour drive to Fort Nelson, B.C., which has a hospital. But instead, Fort Liard residents are required to go to Yellowknife, a 10-hour drive, or fly to Edmonton. 

Resident Rose Betthale-Reid says the state of health care is bad across the N.W.T., but her community is in a unique situation. 

“Fort Liard’s got the worst of it, because we’re right close to B.C. border and we’re far away from Yellowknife,” she said.

Fort Liard resident Rose Betthale-Reid says her community is in a unique situation when it comes to health care. (Luke Carroll/CBC)

This hasn’t always been the case. Before COVID-19 there was an agreement between the B.C. and the N.W.T. governments to allow Fort Liard residents to access medical care in Fort Nelson. 

But when borders closed, so did the agreement — and it hasn’t been restored. 

What are the candidates saying? 

Fort Liard, pop. 500, is one of six communities in the riding of Nahendeh, and one of only two connected by a road year-round, the other being Jean Marie River. The riding stretches from Fort Liard in the territory’s southwest corner to Wrigley in the North. 

Six candidates are running for the Nahendeh seat, including incumbent Shane Thompson and challengers Sharon Allen, Josh Campbell, Mavis Cli-Michaud, Hillary Deneron and Les Wright. 

When CBC News asked each candidate to name their biggest issue for Fort Liard, two of them brought up the Fort  Nelson hospital. 

Thompson, who was in Fort Liard on Tuesday,

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