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SUN President responds to health region layoffs: Evidence-based, long-term solutions needed to address growing system challenges

A first round of cuts to frontline staff happened on Thursday in the Saskatoon Health Region. About 70 staff, including 12 RNs, will be losing their jobs as a result of the region’s attempt to save $34 million to balance their budget.

Unfortunately we know that the Saskatoon Health Region isn’t the only region struggling with looming budget deficits. While this has been the most public and official layoff announcement, there has been a gradual but steady erosion of registered nurses at the bedside through the abolishment of positions and not filling vacancies for quite some time now. Registered nurses are acutely aware of the fact that decisions like these will likely have a negative impact on patient care.

Reducing the numbers of registered nurses providing direct patient care in response to budget shortfalls is not a long term solution to addressing the realities of today’s healthcare challenges.

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