REGINA: Today, on Tommy Douglas's birthday, concerned groups are joining together to raise awareness about the creeping privatization of health care in Saskatchewan.
"Tommy Douglas was born 110 years ago today. His contributions to this province and this country are remembered as some of the great achievements in Canadian history," said Stan Rice, president of the Saskatchewan Health Coalition. "But in Saskatchewan, his greatest legacy – public Medicare – is being attacked."
Since elected in 2007, Brad Wall has been slowly chipping away at public health care.
"From privatizing hospital laundry to contracting out day surgeries to new public-private partnerships for infrastructure, what we are seeing is a sell-off of our most valued public service," said Barb Cape, president of SEIU-West. "Our province was a leader in creating public Medicare, but our provincial government is turning its back on this legacy."
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