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Privatization: the wrong direction for patients

TV ads aim at Brad Wall government's plan to turn health care over to business.

Privatization: the wrong direction for patientsREGINA, September 23, 2010: A new television ad, which airs this week on stations across Saskatchewan, takes aim at the Brad Wall government's decision to contract-out surgeries and diagnostic tests in Saskatoon and Regina.

"Privatization is the wrong direction for health care," the ad states, noting for-profit clinics poach scarce health professionals and take health care dollars out of patient care and put them into profits for clinic owners.

The ad, produced by NOW communications, is sponsored by CUPE and SEIU.

In addition to television and newspaper ads, CUPE has taken the matter to arbitration, stating it violates the union's collective agreement.

The CUPE Health Care Council, which represents more than 5,500 health care providers in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, says under the terms of its collective agreement, the employer can only contract-out services if it will result in significant cost savings and maintain the quality of health services. The employer's plan fails on both counts, the union states.

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Posted: September 23, 2010

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