05/26/2015 08:39 EDT | Updated 05/26/2016 05:59 EDT

Government says surgical wait times have improved in Saskatchewan

REGINA - The government of Saskatchewan is boasting continued improvements in surgical wait times thanks to the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative.

On Tuesday, the government said that since the initiative began, the number of people waiting more than three months for surgery is down 89 per cent from March 2010.

Of the 10 health regions that perform surgery in the province, the government says seven don't have any patients waiting longer than three months.

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region appears to have made strides after previously trailing behind the wait-time targets.

Only 443 patients are waiting more than three months for surgery compared to 2,314 a year ago.

The Saskatoon Health Region is doing a lot more surgeries; the health region performed 2,000 more surgeries in 2014-15 compared to the year before.