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Safe, High Quality Patient Care Key Focus as RQHR Moves Forward with Initiatives to Better Align Staff Resources
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) will continue its key focus on safe, high quality patient care as it moves forward with initiatives to support better alignment of staff resources with patient care demand.
Over the past two years, RQHR reviewed staff rosters in 117 urban, rural and long-term care units that provide or support 24/7 care, and made recommendations to align staffing with their approved schedules. In September, those units conducted a review to determine if all feasible recommendations were completed or whether further action was required.
“We know positive change happened in more than 90 per cent of these areas, due in part to focused daily management, using attrition as the method for adjusting staffing and regular communication with our front-line staff,” said Keith Dewar, RQHR’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We also know that a small number of units require further action, and we are taking steps to address these areas in a number of ways, including issuing layoff notices in some instances.”
Layoff notice does not necessarily equate to job loss. Once notice is provided, collective agreements supporting unionized employees allow them the opportunity
to elect to move to other positions in the region, including vacant positions or positions in areas with greater needs. RQHR has engaged the leadership
of its three unions about these changes and the required actions needed to facilitate the staff movement.
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