Saskatoon (October 30, 2014) – A province-wide public opinion survey commissioned by the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan confirms Saskatchewan residents are concerned with the ability of their local health regions to deliver needed health care services efficiently, Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan President, Karen Wasylenko, told a Saskatoon news conference.
“Our provincial survey shows only about one-third of respondents (36.2%) rate the performance of their local health region highly (8-10 rating on ten-point scale), while more than one-in-ten (11.5%) actually rate their health region’s performance as poor (1-3 on ten-point scale). Even fewer Saskatchewan residents are confident that health regions are improving their performance. Only 22.1% of respondents expressed high confidence that their health region was improving, while an almost equal number, 19.7%, expressed low confidence in this proposition,” Wasylenko said.
“Health regions continue to make poor management decisions that are not in the best interests of patients. Last week’s decision to pay the CEO of the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) a full year of salary as ‘severance’ to force her to retire sooner than expected is just the latest example. The more than $382,000 lost by this decision could have paid the salaries of seven or more specialized health care professionals for a full year. How does that kind of decision ‘put patients first’?” Wasylenko asked.
The 2014 Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan Public Opinion Survey was conducted by telephone with 1044 Saskatchewan residents from August 18 to September 4. A survey of this size provides a Margin of Error of +/-3% to a 95% confidence level. The survey, conducted for Health Sciences by Points West Consulting of Saskatchewan, also found:
“For years now, health regions have stonewalled our efforts to make their management decisions more transparent, and their performance more accountable to the public. We argue that our health care professionals, and the public, have the right to know: the number of staff each Health Region considers to be full staffing for our professions; how these staffing levels have changed from year to year; what level of service health regions expect to achieve with those staffing levels; and the current wait lists and response times for patient services,” Wasylenko said.
“Increased public disclosure of health care staffing levels, wait times and service levels can only improve the quality of the decisions health care employers make. Our public opinion survey shows that these improvements are long overdue. The public is ready for change,” Wasylenko concluded.
Health Sciences represents more than thirty-six hundred specialized health care professionals from more than thirty health care professions. Members include: Emergency care workers like Paramedics; Acute care workers like Hospital Pharmacists, Perfusionists, and Respiratory Therapists; Rehab professionals like Physical Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists; and Community-based professionals like Public Health Inspectors, Psychologists and Social Workers.
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are the public opinion survey results referred to in the News Release