Sask. government points emergency order so it may transfer health-care staff round amid COVID-19 surge

The Saskatchewan government has issued a new emergency order to offer itself extra flexibility in scheduling and deploying health-care staff.

The government hopes the order, which was introduced Monday afternoon, will assist it cope with a surge in COVID-19 cases within the hospitals and elsewhere within the system.

Saskatchewan set an all-time day by day report for new COVID-19 cases with 449 on Monday.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority and health sector unions beforehand had a letter of understanding that allowed for labour mobility, however it expired when restrictions have been lifted through the summer time.

The two sides have been negotiating over the weekend, however the order suggests they did not come to an settlement.

A press release from the Ministry of Health mentioned the order was needed given “the urgent and immediate needs of the health-care system.”

Last week when Premier Scott Moe raised the choice of an emergency order, health care unions weren’t impressed.

Sandra Seitz, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 5430, mentioned an ultimatum was the incorrect method to go. She mentioned her members are exhausted and the government shouldn’t be listening to them.

Meanwhile, the Opposition NDP mentioned the one cause Moe’s government is doing this as we speak is as a result of it has didn’t take any of the steps essential to get the fourth wave of COVID-19 underneath management.

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