It’s been one week since the Saskatchewan Health Authority came into existence.
A merger amalgamated 12 health regions across the province into one on December 4th, making it responsible for 270 health care facilities.
Dr. Joanne Sivertson, a physician and President of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, says she and many other physicians are cautiously optimistic about the merger.
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“We recognize that there will be some questions about who people report to, who’s responsible for what duty as we move into this new era,” says Sivertson. “Of course, we just don’t want to end up in a situation where patients are left holding that bag.”
Despite the concerns, Sivertson says the merger has gone smoothly so far, in big part due to the impact of physicians in it.
“We have had two physicians who have sat on the transition team and given their guidance and advice during the planning stages. We have two physicians on the board, which is new. Previously, physicians weren’t allowed to sit on the board.”