Data show fewer surgeries in health region: Government and health region need to explain what happened
October 4, 2011
“Both the government and health region claimed privatizing surgeries would ‘ramp up’ capacity and increase the overall volume of surgeries in the region, but that’s not what happened,” says Gordon Campbell, President of the CUPE Health Care Council. “New data analyzed by CUPE show contracting out surgeries has harmed surgical capacity.”
The most recent stats available shows the health region performed 596 fewer surgical procedures in the 10 months after the government contracted out surgeries to Omni Surgical Centre. The health region performed a total of 18,588 surgeries between October 2010 and July 1, 2011, down from the 19,184 surgeries performed over the same period the year before.
“The government’s decision to contract out surgeries is a public policy flop,” says Campbell. “It has not improved surgical capacity or patient care.”
Health Minister McMorris and the health region need to explain why they continue to waste money on for-profit clinics instead of investing in the long-promised public day surgical centre in Regina, Campbell says.
The Wall government cancelled plans to build the public day surgery centre in Regina in 2009, preferring to invest scarce health care dollars in for-profit clinics. About 60 per cent of the surgical patients in Regina require day surgeries.