With the province moving to one single Health Authority later this year, high-ranking positions will see a major cut back.
Only one CEO will be needed instead of the current 12.
The province is now offering those CEO’s and other high ranking officials the opportunity to consider a severance package.
Tracey Smith who has the responsibility of planning the new Health Authority said the financial details of the packages are still being trimmed out.
It is called the Saskatchewan Advisory Panel on Health System Structure Report and was published in December, 2016.
She also said it is possible other voluntary buyout packages will be offered to other groups of health region employees at risk of losing their jobs when the regions amalgamate, but no official proposal has been announced yet.
“We have asked for them to let us know by the beginning of March whether or not this is something they are interested in,” said Smith. “I think for now we are offering this because we know we are transitioning, so at this stage, this is the package we are putting out for consideration.”
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Those who qualify for the voluntary buyout offer have until early March to decide if they want to purse the option.
As for the new health authority Smith said they are currently still in the early planning stages.
The province is hoping the new single authority will be fully operational later this year, ideally in the fall.
There are 12 chief executives and 62 vice-presidents who will be affected by the consolidation.
Based on reports, health region spending on executive compensation last year totalled $19,710,533.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the provincial government is listening to what residents want.
Savings from this consolidation are pegged at somewhere between $10 and $20-million by 2018-19, and that money will likely go back towards frontline care within the system.
A transition team has been assembled that includes the Ministry of Health, and clinical and health system leaders and their job is to develop a plan to implement the new Authority.