Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatoon Health Region CEO Says Layoffs Coming before Christmas Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatoon Health Region CEO Says Layoffs Coming before Christmas Season

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CEO says health region layoffs coming

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SASKATOON - Some Saskatoon Health Region employees will lose their jobs this holiday season, but just how many positions will be cut is still up in the air.

The health region is projecting its largest deficit ever at $45 million.

CEO Dan Florizone says that means there will be layoffs in the coming weeks.

He says they have to decrease their monthly spending by $4 million by the end of the fiscal year.

Florizone says the region will always consider non-staff areas first but staffing takes up 70 per cent of their spending.

When establishing the budget, Florizone says they set some "very bold targets" around reduction of overtime and sick time.

"Many of those initiatives have been successful. …

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