The Saskatchewan government says 90 per cent of surgical patients are receiving their procedure within six months, and 78 per cent are going under the knife within three months.

Despite that progress, Health Minister Dustin Duncan says some patients are still waiting too long for surgery, and that the province must continue its efforts to address that.

About 33,000 surgeries were performed in the first five months of this fiscal year. As of Aug. 31, the number of people waiting more than six months for surgery was 4,695, down 56 per cent from November 2007.

The government has set a goal of reducing surgery wait times for all patients to three months or less by April 2014.