The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (HSAS) says a new survey shows people in the province think understaffing is hurting their health care.
The survey released Monday polled 1,043 Saskatchewan residents from Aug. 11 to 31. A release from HSAS says 80 per cent of respondents agreed that “Saskatchewan health care employers have chosen to understaff specialized health care professionals in order to control their budgets”.
“Respondents to our provincial survey identified access to health care services (21.3%) and waiting lists for health care services (18.9%) as the two most important issues facing Saskatchewan health care today,” said Karen Wasylenko, president of HSAS, in a news release.
Wasylenko went on to say that even after patients had accessed care, they were unable to receive enough treatment.
Health care was rated the most-important issue in Saskatchewan by 28.2 per cent of respondents.
According to the release, “a survey of this size provides a margin or error of +/-3 per cent to a 95 per cent confidence level”.