With the move from 12 to one single health authority on the horizon, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region admits staying focused on their goals will be a bit of a challenge.
Many employees face an uncertain future heading into this year not knowing how the move to a single authority will effect their role at RQHR.
President and CEO, Keith Dewar said one big challenge they expect to face this year is keeping those people focused, he admits even he is wondering what his future holds, but see’s the amalgamation as an opportunity.
“The senior leadership as well as those that report to the senior leadership start to be uncertain about what their future is, it’s potentially harder to keep them focused on their work, so that’s one of the bigger challenges we’ll face,” Dewar told reporters.
He did provide some reassurance when he said many will not see much change, other then who they are working for.
“There’s about 40,000 plus people that will be a part of the new organization, let’s say there’s 45,000, 40,000 of those people won’t see any direct change in the work that they do. They’ll still be providing care to patients in their area, they’ll still be working with their colleagues, so this structure doesn’t change any of that,” Dewar said.
Dewar said instead, the new single authority will provide is better support on how workers and physicians deliver care.
Dick Carter, Chairperson of the Board says “Transitioning to a single health authority will require flexibility on our part, as well as a continued focus on delivering high quality, safe care every day.”
“In the coming months, we will continue to address both immediate and longer-term needs of our patients, clients and their families, while creating a strong foundation for the future of health care in the province,” Carter said.
For the interim, an operating budget of just over one-billion dollars has been predicted for the RQHR for 2017-2018.
On Wednesday night, the board approved its 2017-18 Strategic Plan.
“We will be working with the Ministry of Health to finalize our operating budget now that we have had confirmation of our budget allocation. We are well positioned to ask the Board to approve our final budget by the province’s June 2 deadline,” Dewar said.
The Saskatchewan government hopes the new single health authority will be functioning by this fall.