Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Brings in Bill Merging Health Regions, Unions Want Joint Bargaining

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Brings in Bill Merging Health Regions, Unions Want Joint Bargaining

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Saskatchewan introduces bill to merge health regions

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REGINA - The Saskatchewan government has introduced legislation to consolidate the province's 12 health regions into a single provincial health authority.

Health Minister Jim Reiter says the move, which was announced in January, will mean better co-ordination of health services across the province and gives the government control over how much officials in the new authority will be paid.

The proposed legislation comes as unions representing thousands of licensed practical nurses and diagnostic technicians in Saskatchewan expressed angst over the consolidation.

CUPE, SEIU-West and the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union said people are worried about job losses and patient care when the merger happens this fall.

The health care provider unions said they've been working together to present a proposal to government that would limit the impact on patients. …

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