Over the weekend we received notice that the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) was expanding the workplace screening beyond long-term care to the health care workforce in other facilities. This workplace screening is to begin on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
The screening will involve a screening questionnaire and a follow up temperature check at the time of screening. You will be expected to show your SHA issued photo identification.
We still have unanswered questions and remain concerned about the following:
Health care providers being provided consistent advice about when and how to return to work.
Protection of private personal health information of health care providers.
No manager on site to direct or answer questions about the process and inadequate clinician oversight for making decisions to send health care providers home.
Getting health care providers into the site in a safe and timely manner (potential waits, bottlenecking).
Understaffing causing greater risks to both residents and health care providers.
Compensation for health care providers who are screened out and sent home. It is our position that should this occur, health care providers should be paid for the missed shifts whether symptomatic or not and that this would not be from sick leave banks but paid as provided for in Article 15.13.
CUPE Local 5430 is the largest health care union in Saskatchewan, representing over 13,600 members. We represent a wide range of health care providers in five major classification areas: clerical, technical, nursing, support and plant operations. Together, we each contribute to the well-being of hospital patients, long-term care residents and home care clients.