Prince Albert won’t be the headquarters for centralized healthcare in the province but the city’s mayor is looking on the bright side.
The province announced on Monday the new single health authority will be located out of Saskatoon and would be named the Saskatchewan Health Authority. The government is looking for ways to save funds and believes reducing the 12 regional health authorities to a single, centralized one will do just that.
The province is claiming an estimated $10-20 million could be saved by 2018-19.
Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne, who was advocating for the city to be the central location, said he was glad to see the province at least considered the city’s application. He said he understood the government’s decision especially since it will be close to the College of Medicine and new children’s hospital.
“I’m also excited to hear that Prince Albert is going to get some senior management located here,” he said. “That means jobs for Prince Albert. It’s still a good day for Prince Albert.”
Prince Albert won’t be the only ones with senior management. The province announced Regina, Moose Jaw and other unidentified major communities would also have senior management.
Dionne believes having senior management in the city will ensure concerns in the North are heard.
“It’s just like in an election. If you have a cabinet minister at the table your voice is going to be heard,” he said. “I believe that if Prince Albert has senior management located here that our voice in the North will be heard.”
He explained he made the push for Prince Albert to be the main headquarters because he knew there would be more job opportunities that came with it.
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