Two Members of Parliament are adding their voices to the public outcry in the wake of the Northern Health Region announcing the temporary suspension of the obstetrical delivery program in Flin Flon.
Niki Ashton says that the closure of the ward means the closure of a vital community service for the region, adding that the Province should be spending money on reopening the ward rather than on consultants.
She is joined by her NDP colleague and northern Saskatchewan MP Georgina Jolibois, who expressed concerns over the impact the closure will have on families in her riding.
Jolibois added that First Nations, and all communities, in the region are some of the youngest in the country and need access to birthing services in Flin Flon.
The MP’s are now part of a regional lobbying effort to have the Pallister Government to save the birthing services.
Other prominent voices working to save the unit are Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey and Saskatchewan MLA Doyle Vermette.
The ward is set to close at the Flin Flon hospital on Sunday, November 18th, after a clinical study showed issues dealing with volume and increasing gaps in service and resulting patient safety.