Manitoba

Manitoba plans to eliminate about 50 senior health-care positions

Payroll, back office, human resources, accounts receivable jobs impacted, not front-line positions: minister

Posted: September 17, 2020
Last Updated: September 17, 2020

Health Minister Cameron Friesen says some senior positions in the health-care system will be eliminated, but no front-line workers will lose their jobs. (Radio-Canada)

Some senior positions in Manitoba's health-care system will be eliminated, though it's unclear which jobs or exactly how many people will be affected.

Some "redundant" positions will be eliminated, Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen confirmed Thursday during an afternoon COVID-19 update.

"There will be some positions that are shed," he said.

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Friesen said the redundant jobs include back office, payroll, human resources and accounts receivable positions.

Some positions are being consolidated and employees whose jobs have been eliminated will be eligible to apply for new positions, he said.

No front-line health-care positions are affected, Friesen said, and meetings with those affected took place Thursday.

While the province didn't say how many jobs would be impacted, it did say the changes would result in about 50 fewer positions.

Reviews of the health-care system in recent years have shown the system is "top heavy," Friesen said, and the move is a continuation of the province's overhaul of the health-care system.

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"This is an issue of finding the synergies and efficiencies that are there staring us in the face, and make sure we're taking those up. The aim, of course, is to deliver the best health-care possible to Manitobans."

In recent years, the province's health-care system overhaul involved some controversial changes, including reducing the number of Winnipeg emergency departments from six to three.

With files from Bartley Kives