CKHA laying off staff, removing beds; Listen to CEO Colin Patey
CKHA CEO Colin Patey - Aaron Hall File Photo
In order to avoid a future $5 million deficit, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is cutting back 23. 5 staff and removing 22 beds.
At the Sydenham Campus in Wallaceburg, 10 medicine beds are being removed and point of care testing will be implemented in the ER, resulting in two-full time and two-part time lab staff in Wallaceburg being laid off.
In Chatham, 7 medicine beds, 2 surgery beds and 3 pediatric beds will be removed.
Colin Patey, CEO of the Health Alliance, says the they need to achieve a balanced budget, yet they will try to minimize any job losses.
He added the Alliance is reviewing all aspects of their operations and are going to be innovative moving forward.
Patey says implementation of the chances will take about 5 to 6 months.
Listen to my full interview with Patey below: