Almost All Health Regions on Track to Meet Wait Time Goals
With under a year to go in the province’s surgical initiative, with a goal of having no one in Saskatchewan waiting more than 3 months for surgery, it looks like mostly everyone is on track.
The latest numbers released takes us to the end of May of this year, and just two months into this fiscal year, 78% of patients are receiving surgery within three months of their consultation, and 90% within six months.
Mark Wyatt with the Ministry of Health said the Cypress Health Region is and has remained a leader throughout the 4 year initiative.
“They have had a very minimal number of long waiting patients,” Wyatt said, “so over the last six month period, 99% of those surgeries were done in a three month time frame, and when we look at the percentage of patients who have had their surgeries done in a six month time frame, it’s up to 100%.”
So far, the only health region falling behind is the Regina Qu’appelle Health Region.
“At the moment we expect most all of the health regions will meet the target by the end of this year, Regina had lost momentum in the middle stage of the initiative, so we don’t expect they will meet the target in this fiscal year, but we do expect them to meet that target with additional work in another year.”
Wyatt added the other health regions are offering a helping hand to the larger health regions like Regina and Saskatoon by giving them a spot for longer recovery time, and sending additional surgeons in for consultations and in some cases day surgeries.
For more on the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative you can go to www.sasksurgery.ca.
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