By Michelle Pucci
Quebec’s new health organizations went into effect on April 1 and will lead to 37 job cuts in upper and intermediate level management in Laval.
With the abolition of the regional health authority Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Laval, and the creation of “integrated centres” (CISSS), management structures have changed.
The 43 senior executive positions will be reduced to 33, and middle management will shrink from 293 to 266. These reductions must be met in the next two years.
So far 33 administrators have opted to leave. According to the CISSS in Laval, they have over 30 years of experience at the health agency. Readjustments will take place in the next few years as decided by the ministry of health.
“The new structure of the CISSS in Laval will favour a better coordination of care and services in the Laval region,” said CISSS spokesperson Doris Prince. “The reduction of the number of positions will have no effect on the services given to the population.”
Before April, health services in Laval were separated into agencies and superhospital centres. The CISSS combines both to reduce the number of health organizations from 182 to 34.
The number of administrative positions will be cut by 1300 across Quebec, although the new CEOs of the CISSS will receive higher salaries because of the increase in responsibilities. Even so the province says it will save $130 million.
Earlier this month, the health minister Gaetan Barette announced the delivery of MRI and PET scanners to respond to the demand for radiology and cancer treatment as well as 18 new beds for end-of-life care.
More than $2 million per year has been promised by the ministry for the operation of the new equipment, and the purchases were co-financed with the Cité de la santé Foundation.
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