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Saskatchewan Breaks New Surgical Record with Highest-Ever Volumes Performed

Released on February 27, 2024

Saskatchewan's surgical system achieved the highest volumes ever recorded in the first nine months of the fiscal year from April 1 to December 31.

As of December 31, 71,850 procedures have been performed, which is an increase of 6,000 procedures over December 2022. 

"Thousands more patients are receiving the procedures they need thanks to the tireless effort, leadership and collaboration of our surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and care teams," Health Minister Everett Hindley said. "Our government will continue to work closely with our partner agencies to continue supporting health care professionals in improving the quality of life for patients in our province."

Aggressive surgical targets are in place to surpass last year's highest surgical volume of over 90,000 procedures, to ensure 90 per cent of surgeries are performed within 10 months and that no patients are on the waitlist longer than 18 months.

From October 1 to December 31, 2023, the surgeries performed or offered exceeded the 90 per cent target.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is responsible for delivering surgical services to meet the needs of Saskatchewan residents.

"The ambitious targets we set for ourselves this year pressed us to redesign our programs and processes to build a more sustainable model that opened up more surgical capacity and ultimately leads to more surgeries," SHA Provincial Surgical Services Executive Director Cindy Graham said. "As we work to be more efficient and streamline how we provide high quality service, we are guided by our commitment on a patient-centered care approach that provides timely access to a more robust surgical program."

In 2023-24, the annual investment for the surgical program was nearly $670 million. There was a $42.5 million funding increase to the surgical wait time strategy to provide 6,000 additional surgeries.

"As we build on the momentum started in 2023, we continue to reshape the way we deliver surgical care in this province to improve access and reduce wait times, while still providing high quality surgical care to the people of Saskatchewan," SHA Provincial Department Head of Surgery Dr. Michael Kelly said. "This success is only possible with the remarkable dedication of the health care providers and physicians who help ensure we deliver high quality surgical care every day."   

Further expansion of resources will be possible through the work of the Government of Saskatchewan's Health Human Resources Action Plan. Ensuring key staffing complements on surgical teams by improving recruitment and retention of nurses and associated professionals.

The Government of Saskatchewan continues to support all partner organizations in the historic delivery of services for Saskatchewan residents.

To learn more about Saskatchewan's Surgical Performance and Wait Times, visit:


For more information, Contact:

Saskatchewan Health
Phone: 306-787-4083

Media Relations
Saskatchewan Health Authority 
Phone: 1-833-766-4392

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