Saskatchewan Health Minister Silent on Shameful Statistics
I am constantly amazed by the Regina Leader Post's priorities when it comes to news. Today's front page celebrates the naming of a new football VP with a headline as big as one would expect when announcing a huge world event.
Tucked on the inside of the paper however was a story which most people should be shocked by. If Saskatchewan were a country, its infant mortality rate, at 8.3 death per 1000 live births, would fall behind Cuba, Croatia, Chile, Mexico and Turkey just to name a few. The study is printed in Pediatrics and Child Health a publication of the Canadian Pediatric Society.
Even worse in one of Saskatchewan's northern Health Districts the rate is 14.5 which would put them behind Sri Lanka, Serbia, Uruguay, and Jamaica. According to statistics issued by the United Nations that would put that health district behind the rates of 75 countries in the world.
Somehow the Health Minister, Don McMorris, doesn't seem to have anything to say about the issue and Saskatchewan's number one booster and Premier Brad Wall has managed to steer clear of this shameful reality. The Teflon Premier has left it to bureaucrats and Health officials to try to diminish the impact of the report and no doubt Saskatchewan news outlets will let him get away with that.
Another alarming, although not surprising statistic in the report is that after suffering year upon year of successive governments chipping away at Canada's social safety net we have, when it comes to infant mortality, fallen from 10th lowest in 1980 to 24th place today.
Get ready for even more cuts. Brad Wall and Stephen Harper are already sharpening their knives.