The Saskatchewan government is looking at changing how health care and education are run in a bid to improve service and save money.
Premier Brad Wall says he’ll also urge urban and rural municipalities to look at their numbers, but he won’t force change.
Carmen Sterling, vice-president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, says there have been amalgamations over the years, but such decisions should be made locally.
Premier Brad Wall also says everything will be on the table as the province considers ways to provide more efficient delivery of programs.
Saskatchewan Union of Nurses president Tracy Zambory says nurses are in favour of transformation, but the key is to involve them in the process.
Wall says change could mean looking at one super-sized health region, similar to the model in Alberta.
There are currently 12 health regions in Saskatchewan, plus the Athabasca Health Authority in the far north, which it’s not a regional health authority.
The premier says the government wants to spend the next year talking with stakeholders and to not expect specific changes in the June 1st budget.
(With files from The Canadian Press)