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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Strike forces inconvenience on patients

Turn back the clock to 2002. Saskatchewan Health is repeating the plans it had back when the health sciences union last went on strike. Given that the union hasn't indicated what services will be pulled, Saskatchewan Health is preparing for full job action. That means moving patients to the States to have surgery, cancer treatment or receive ongoing care. Only one family member will be able to go with them.

Deputy Minister Louise Greenberg says who gets moved will be down to the health regions. EMS may soon be off the job, so out of scope managers are being trained to drive the vehicles to crash scenes. The last health sciences strike lasted 28 days and saw 35 patients shipped out of province.