WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is planning major changes to the administration of the province’s health system and is promising better care will result.
Under an omnibus bill introduced in the legislature, the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba will no longer be a stand-alone legal entity and will be absorbed by Shared Health.
Shared Health will also take over operations of the Selkirk Mental Health Centre, putting addictions and mental health services under one roof.
Policy and planning will be more centralized in the Health Department, while regional health authorities will focus on front-line delivery.
Health Minister Cameron Friesen says the result will be a more streamlined system with a more even standard of care provincewide.
Friesen says the changes are not aimed at cutting costs, but there could be some disruption in jobs as the changes take effect over the next few years.
The changes are based on three consultant reports the government had commissioned.
Friesen also says regional health authorities will have to sign accountability agreements with the government that will set out performance goals and measurements.
He said there will be consequences of some sort — yet to be determined — to ensure the goals are met.
“There will be a variety of methods by which … health authorities will be held accountable to do what they said they were going to do.”
The Canadian Press