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PMH told to cut management by 15%

Prairie Mountain Health has been directed by the Pallister government to reduce their management staff by 15 per cent.

When asked how many jobs this translates to for the region, and from which areas, PMH officials said it is yet to be determined.

"The direction only came late last week and this all needs to be worked up it is too premature to speak to any specifics," CEO Penny Gilson said in a statement. "PMH will endeavour to develop the proposal in such a way that is least disruptive to individuals and the organization."

All health regions in the province have been tasked with the 15 per cent cut to management. As reported in the Winnipeg Free Press yesterday, this will mean 90 positions will have to be cut from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

When pushed for comment on positions within PMH, Gilson would only say they are still working on the details and seeking further direction on potential options.

"The target was given for purposes of preparing proposals for consideration and it would be inappropriate to release any numbers at this point while options are being explored," Gilson said.

This comes within weeks of the province ordering PMH to find $17.5 million in savings this year.

The Brandon Sun requested an interview with Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen; however, a statement on the issue was emailed instead. He said the reduction across the board is to "ensure sustainability in the healthcare system."

"The RHAs are expected to report back with a plan on how to accomplish these outcomes by the end of the month. Our government is committed to fixing the finances in order to ensure the sustainability of services Manitobans depend on today and into the future."

NDP health critic Matt Wiebe is concerned about the impact these cuts may have on patient care.

"We know our health-care system is growing, we’ve got an aging population, we’ve got a lot of people who are looking for front-line service and we need to make sure that they’re taken care of," he said. "Is this going to impact on the health care that Manitobans expect to receive? … We don’t know that right now, and that’s where the concern really comes in."

Wiebe said they applaud any efficiencies that can be found, but right now they are looking for the "openness and transparency" that has been promised by the Progressive Conservative government. Wiebe said they are "waiting with bated breath" to see details from the health-care review and the Wait Times Reduction Task Force.

"We don’t know what the context is, in terms of why they’re asking for these (reductions)," Wiebe said. "Have these reviews shown that there’s an opportunity to reduce administration … In our hospitals our administrative costs have been some of the lowest in the country in the past, and so we don’t believe there’s a massive savings to be found there, without impacting that patient care."

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 16, 2017

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When asked how many jobs this translates to for the region, and from which areas, PMH officials said it is yet to be determined.

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