Saskatchewan Medical Association

Saskatchewan Medical Association

May 16, 2012 15:55 ET

Saskatchewan Medical Association: Surgical Wait Time Targets

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - May 16, 2012) - The Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) and the Regina Qu'Appelle Regional Medical Association (RQRMA) would like to clarify some of the issues that have been raised in the media regarding the interaction between Regina physicians and the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) as they relate to the Health Region meeting its surgical wait time targets.

Neither the SMA nor the RQRMA are accusing the Health Region of intimidating physicians. Some physicians have expressed concern that OR times may have been cut due to them speaking out on the lack of access to operating time within the RQHR. However, there is no documentation of these cuts occurring. The Physicians are quite correct in pointing out that OR time overall in the RQHR has been cut and that differences between the RQHR and SHR surgical volumes do exist.

Physicians are extremely frustrated that the ORs are not functioning to their capacity and the Health Region is not on a path to achieve the surgical wait time targets established by the government and the RQHR. There have been a number of issues contributing to the problem, but currently the major obstacle is a lack of OR nurses to staff the existing infrastructure.

The RQRMA continues to enjoy a respectful and positive working relationship with the Health Region as it strives to meet the government's wait time goals.

Contact Information

  • Saskatchewan Medical Association
    Dr. Janet Shannon
    President
    1-800-667-3781

    Regina Qu'Appelle Medical Association
    Dr. Terry Ross
    President
    1-800-667-3781