A deal has been reached that will allow the emergency ward at Regina's Pasqua Hospital to remain open at night.

Earlier this week, a shortage of staff meant Pasqua's ER was set set to shut down overnight, beginning Thursday.

That would have meant that for the next three months, emergency cases in the city would be sent to one hospital — the Regina General.

However, plans have changed to allow Pasqua emergency to stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The deal involves having existing physicians work longer hours on a temporary basis until more locum, or contract, doctors can be deployed.

"This is very good news for Regina patients, and we thank all of our physicians and partners for their assistance in resolving this situation,” Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region spokesman Dr. David McCutcheon said in a news release. 

Doctors getting an increase

The provincial government also announced Thursday that it has a new deal with Saskatchewan's ER doctors.

Premier Brad Wall revealed the agreement with the Saskatchewan Medical Association in the legislative assembly while being questioned about the situation at the Pasqua.

Under the deal, there will be salary increases of between 12.5 and 13.7 per cent. The result will be that emergency room doctors in the province will earn the same as their counterparts in Alberta, Wall said.

The increase applies to the first year of a three-year deal, with subsequent raises to be negotiated later.