Ministry of Health Release – January 4th, 2017
Government Announces Move to Single Provincial Health Authority
On January 4th, 2017 Health Minister Jim Reiter accepted all of the recommendations of the Saskatchewan Advisory Panel on Health System Structure, and announced the province will consolidate the 12 existing Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) into one single Provincial Health Authority.
“One Provincial Health Authority that is focussed on better co-ordination of health services across the province will improve the quality of care patients receive,” Reiter said. “It will also reduce administration and duplication across the health system.
“This change represents a consolidation of administration, not a centralization of services. Our government remains committed to providing high-quality health services in every part of the province. Our goal is better co-ordination between the health services provided in different areas of the province.”
Read more on the January 4th, 2017 Ministry of Health news release.
Ministry of Health Release – January 10th, 2017
Transition to Single Provincial Health Authority Underway
A transition team is being assembled that will include Ministry of Health, clinical and health system leaders. The team is tasked with developing a comprehensive plan to implement the new Provincial Health Authority. Along with a new governance and management structure, the team will be considering the consolidation of health system administration and clinical support services, and the potential savings associated with consolidation. The potential savings associated with consolidation are currently estimated in the range of $10-20 million by 2018-19.
Read more in the January 10, 2017 Ministry of Health news release.
Ministry of Health Release – May 8th, 2017
Saskatchewan Health Authority head office to be located in Saskatoon
Leadership positions to be located throughout the province
On May 8th, 2017 Health Minister Jim Reiter and Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit announced the head office for the new provincial health authority will be located in Saskatoon. The first day of operations for the health authority is being determined, but is still anticipated to occur in fall 2017.
“A number of locations for the head office were considered, and all would have been a good fit for the new health authority and the people of Saskatchewan,” Minister Reiter said. “Saskatoon will be the location of the head office because it is more centrally located in the province, is close to the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and will be in close proximity to the new Children’s Hospital.”
While the head office space will be located in Saskatoon, jobs will continue to be located throughout Saskatchewan. A distributed executive leadership model will be established with senior management in Regina, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw, and other major communities across the province.
“The new Saskatchewan Health Authority must have a strong connection to people and local communities,” Minister of Rural and Remote Health Greg Ottenbreit said. “Management and support services will continue to be located across the province to support the delivery of high quality and consistent frontline health care services for Saskatchewan people, wherever they live.”
Read more on the May 8, 2017 Ministry of Health news release.