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PMH announces management reduction plans


Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) is taking steps to follow through on a provincial order to cut its management staff by 15 per cent.
Back in March, the Manitoba government ordered each of the province’s five regional health authorities, along with Diagnostic Services Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba to reduce their management teams as part of their budgets for 2017-18.
At PMH, a total of 24 management positions will be eliminated as part of the process which will be carried out over the course of the next few days, CEO Penny Gilson wrote in an email to the Herald. 
“Out of respect for the individuals, PMH will not be publicly sharing the names or positions of those affected,” Gilson wrote.
“All staff leaving the organization as a result of the management streamlining are being treated respectfully, fairly and in accordance with human resources best practices and applicable legislation.” 
Gilson said careful consideration went into determining which positions to eliminate.
“These decisions were difficult and were not made lightly,” she said. 
“PMH sincerely thanks these individuals for their committed contributions to the region and wish them the very best in their future endeavours.” 
The cuts will not affect operations in the region, Gilson added.
“Plans are in place to redistribute the work of these individuals to ensure that PMH continues to meet the needs of our clients, residents and patients and stakeholders.”
On top of the 24 positions at PMH, the province’s plan will affect 132 positions at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, 19 at Southern Health-Santé Sud​, seven at CancerCare Manitoba, seven at Diagnostic Services Manitoba, seven at the Northern Health Region and one at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba,
The Interlake-Eastern region has not indicated when it will proceed with the reductions, or how many staff will be affected.