Three Saskatchewan MLAs held a health check up in Creighton as part of their provincial tour to find out how people feel about health care in the province. Cumberland MLA Doyle Vermette was joined by the NDP health critic Vicki Mowat and Mental Health and Addictions Critic Danielle Chartier.
Mowat explained they have been raising in the Legislature the issue of northern Saskatchewan women having to travel four hours to give birth because of the lack of obstetrical services in Flin Flon. Other issues raised at the meeting for Creighton people accessing medical services in the south include lack of public transportation, cost, no sharing of medical records between Manitoba and Saskatchewan, lack of access to long term care in Creighton and people leaving to be closer to medical services.
Chartier reported at least half the questions raised on their tour were around mental health and the addictions crisis and the lack of services available.
Issues raised at the meeting will be taken to the Health Minister when the Legislature reconvenes in October.