The Saskatchewan Health Authority is preparing to launch on December 4.
With this, employees and operations of the 12 Regional Health Authorities will officially transfer to the new organization. The Province says there will be no changes to health care programs, services, facilities or phone numbers as a result of transition and residents and patients should continue to access care in the same way they always have.
“The transition to a single provincial health authority is a significant milestone, as we work to better integrate and coordinate health care services for Saskatchewan people, wherever they live. The focus is on streamlining governance and management across the province. Frontline employees will carry out their day-to-day patient care responsibilities as usual,” says Health Minister Jim Reiter.
Saskatchewan Health Authority CEO Scott Livingstone says, “The work to unify the health system under a single organization and co-ordinate system-wide transformation to improve patient care will take time. We are embarking on a multi-year journey in collaboration with patients, health care providers and partners across the health system.”
The province says the move will be able to reduce senior administrative staff positions by 86% and reduce senior administrative staff salaries by 80% or $9 million annually.