Regina Health District closes one surgical theatre:

Shortage of Leadership, Shortage of Nurses and Shortage of Democracy

Nipawin - March 23, 2000 - By: Mario deSantis

diversity of service

I just came to know that because of a shortage of nurses, one surgical theatre at the Regina Hospital
will be closed temporarily for a minimum of two weeks(1). The working conditions for nurses have
been atrocious for the last many years and overtime work for nurses has become a major component
for the routine scheduling of nurses; the same type of employee scheduling we noticed for home
care in Saskatoon where clients would have dozens and dozens of different employees(2). This is
what our health administrators proudly call "diversity of service."

Jim Saunders

Most of our health administrators have no ingenuity for innovation and creativity, their main asset
has been to follow blindly the leaderof the leaders, that is Brian Rourke, also known as the Supreme
Asset of the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations(3) (SAHO). To recognize a real
valuable personal asset(4) from a large crowd you have to weigh whatever they say. Therefore, I am
going to provide you with some statements Jim Saunders, interim CEO for Regina Health District,
has made in rationalizing the closure of the surgical theatre:

the whole overtime issue is a budget issue

"At this point in time we are continuing to pursue all of our strategies related to our ability to staff the ORs adequately, but the bottom line is, for a number of reasons just coming together related to our ability to staff, we found we had no alternative other than to close one OR.... But we are not out of the woods at all, we still have a lot of work to do to increase our recruitment and to ensure we give them (the nurses) a work environment that they can cope with as professionals... We are looking at everything across the district, as we should, in a comprehensive manner to try and see if there are ways to be more efficient without losing our capacity for programs and services or quality. This is a different issue. Actually the whole overtime issue is a budget issue because of the cost of overtime, but it is the displacement of cost not the amount that is the issue."

our health care leaders are not worth any asset

Can you believe it, Jim Saunders addresses nurses as them and in a paternalistic manner he wants
to "give them a work environment that they can cope with as professionals." Just tell me if
this is a put down statement by this incompetent health administrator. I hope the nurses will
revolt against this small asset of a man. I must say that I am not a judgmental person, but as
I read and reread the above quotation I become more and more convinced that the reasons we
have a health care crisis is because our health care leaders are not worth any asset.

obedient to the "Powers that Be,"

To borrow some deep thoughts from Les MacPherson, journalist with The StarPhoenix, I must
say that Jim Saunders "has mastered the art of speaking without saying anything" and I may add
he has mastered the art of putting down professional people. This is the ingenuity of most of our
leaders, the art of speaking without saying anything and the art of putting down people. These
leaders have no vision, they have no heart, they have no responsibility, mind they have the asset of
being blindly obedient to the "Powers that Be," that same power the Germans experienced with
Hitler. The crisis of health care is not a nursing shortage, it is a crisis of leadership, it is a crisis for
not being respectful to each other, it is a crisis affecting all the province, it is a crisis of democracy.
  Quote by Donella Meadows "challenging a paradigm is not a part-time job. It is not sufficient to make your point once and then blame the world for not getting it. The world has a vested interest in, a commitment to, not getting it. The point has to be made patiently and repeatedly, day after day after day"
  General reference: Articles by Mario deSantis published by North Central Internet News


Operating room closed, by Anne Kyle, The Leader-Post, March 22, 2000, Regina, Saskatchewn


Home care patients complain of nonstop new faces, CBC Saskatchewan, Web Posted | Feb 4 2000 5:51 PM EST


Saskatchewan Health Information Network-SHIN: Ignoring its mandate and diverting money for the Y2K Nightmare, by Mario deSantis, November 3, 1999


Intellectual Capital: The New Wealth of Organizations, by Thomas A. Stewart, Doubleday, 1997