Saskatchewan plans to redeploy government workers to help its health-care system
REGINA — The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it is looking at redeploying government employees from other departments to help the health-care system.
Saskatchewan’s emergency operations centre and the health authority are putting together a plan to address a rise in hospital admissions and the number of staff off sick due to COVID-19.
The health authority says part of the plan includes redeploying public sector employees into health care to help in non-medical roles such as meal preparation, cleaning and administrative duties.
The provincial emergency operations centre says no staff have been redeployed at this time.
The Saskatchewan Party government has reassigned public service employees throughout the pandemic to support issues related to COVID-19.
Recent modelling from the government suggests Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 hospitalizations will reach record levels by mid-February if people don’t reduce gathering sizes.
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