May 28, 2014 2:42 pm

Saskatchewan surgical wait times down except in Saskatoon, Regina

While surgical wait times are down in most Saskatchewan health regions, there are still delays in Saskatoon and Regina.

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REGINA – Surgical wait times may be down in most of Saskatchewan but the same cannot be said for the two largest health regions in the province.

The government released a report Wednesday stating the number of patients waiting more than three months for surgery is down 75 per cent from March 2010.

Four regions have achieved the goal of having no one wait longer than three months for surgery, while four others have a combined 41 patients still waiting for surgery past the three month goal.

The same is not true for the two largest health regions in the province.

Saskatoon and Regina are both struggling to reach the goal set out in the Saskatchewan surgical initiative. Currently 77.5 per cent of Saskatoon patients and 73.1 per cent of Regina patients are having surgery performed within three months.

Officials say high demand for surgeries is behind the delay.

Saskatoon Health Region is looking to reach the target later this year while Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region has stated it needs another year.

The report comes at the end of the four year initiative and cites key improvements to get surgical wait times down to three months.

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