It's an anniversary we are not celebrating.

The Weyburn General Hospital Maternity Ward has been closed for just over 8 months and is showing no signs of re-opening due to a shortage of nurses.

Weyburn-Big Muddy MLA Dustin Duncan says it's been a frustrating issue to be dealing with.

He adds it is a larger issure than the 10,000 people living in this community.

Duncan says he was told it was something that would be carried over for just the summer and has gone on well longer than that and would like to know where the Health Region stands on their strategic plan.

Duncan believes communication between the health region and government needs to improve in order to fully understand both sides of the issues.