February 12, 2019

Staff transitions to Shared Health begin in April

Moves will simplify health system, lay foundation for improved access and better care for Manitobans: Wright

Staff working in a number of departments, programs, service areas and sites across Manitoba’s health system will begin a phased transition to Shared Health in April 2019, setting the foundation for broad health system improvements to health-care offered across the province, Dr. Brock Wright, chief executive officer, Shared Health, and Karen Herd, deputy minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living and sponsor of Manitoba’s Health System Transformation jointly announced today.

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“Manitoba’s Health System Transformation is rooted in the need to improve the quality, consistency, and efficiency of the health-care services we provide to Manitobans,” said Wright. “Manitobans pay more per capita than other jurisdictions for a health system that is extremely complex. This complexity increases costs and impacts the delivery of care as many different organizations plan, deliver and evaluate health services independently.”

“By transitioning responsibility for certain services to one organization we will be able to improve the consistency and availability of certain services as well as identify cost savings that can be reinvested in areas of need,” added Wright.

Across the health system, approximately 12,000 staff will see their employer or contracting organization of record change to Shared Health beginning in April 2019. Staff will receive formal letters of welcome or offer in the coming weeks but will remain employees of their current organizations until the effective date of their transition.

“Standardized approaches to the delivery of health care will improve our system’s ability to deliver services to Manitobans regardless of where they live,” added Herd. “Each health-care organization and many of the staff who deliver and support care across the province have contributed their expertise to these efforts. This input will allow us to address long-standing challenges while elevating the level of care we are able to deliver in the future.”

Aside from the change in employer or contracting organization, staff will not see much change in their day-to-day activities throughout the first wave of transformation.

The process of transition is carefully planned and sequenced to be as seamless, simple and non-disruptive as possible so that staff can continue to focus on patient care. Staff will transition with their current terms and conditions of employment, including benefits, pension, and accruals. Unionized staff will transition under their current collective agreement. Productive discussions have taken place and will continue with unions representing transitioning staff to ensure appropriate labour adjustment strategies are developed and implemented. Medical staff will receive appointments to Shared Health and the privileges granted to individual medical staff members will remain unchanged through these transitions.

“Manitoba patients want access to reliable, quality health-care as close to home as possible. Transformation isn’t just about new resources, it’s about new and improved ways of delivering care,” added Wright. “New models of care will support staff in being better able to apply their full scopes of practice as they continue to work together to build a more patient-centred, accessible and integrated health system for all Manitobans.”

“Throughout these changes, the highly skilled and dedicated staff working in our health system continue to provide excellent patient care to Manitobans. We are grateful for their ongoing commitment to patients, and for their significant contributions to the transformation process that will ensure care for our clients, patients, and communities is improved, now and for future generations,” Wright concluded.

Affected areas included in the transition of staff include: Diagnostic Services in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and Prairie Mountain Health (PMH); Digital Health staff (in all Regional Health Authorities, Manitoba eHealth and CancerCare Manitoba); certain Mental Health Program services; Regional Emergency Medical Services and Patient Transport and WRHA Emergency and Continuity Management; Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg (HSC); and a number of corporate and administrative departments from within the WRHA. A full list of areas to transition is included in the backgrounder.

For more information on Health System Transformation, visit gov.mb.ca/health/hst/.

Media requests, contact Shared Health Communications: 204-926-7862 or media@sharedhealthmb.ca.