Saskatchewan's largest health region has ordered a freeze on hiring due to financial problems, the province's legislature heard Monday.
The Saskatoon Health Region has a $25-million funding gap and an accumulated deficit approaching $70 million, according to an internal memo from health region CEO Maura Davies discussed during question period.
To deal with that, a job-posting freeze has been ordered as well as less overtime.
"To mitigate the need for program cuts and layoffs, a decision has been made to stop all in-scope and out-of-scope postings and limit overtime authorization effective immediately," the memo said.
"This difficult decision is necessary to begin moving in the right financial direction as early as possible in the year."
The freeze represents a dramatic change from last year when the health district posted 3,800 positions.
NDP leader Cam Broten says the memo shows the government isn't thinking through the implications of its directives.
Premier Brad Wall said the Saskatoon Health Region received an extra $40 million this year in the provincial budget, although the NDP voted against the budget.