June 26, 2014 4:03 pm

No frontline job cuts from N.S. health authority merger: Glavine

An unidentified man heads past the Halifax Infirmary on April 24, 2012.

Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says frontline jobs would not be cut as a result of amalgamating nine of Nova Scotia’s 10 district health authorities into a single entity.

While the province is looking for the merger to cut costs – both through shared services and staffing reductions – Glavine says the only pink slips to go out will be to hospital management, such as CEOs and vice presidents.

Glavine says other savings would be achieved through attrition over the next five to 10 years as the system’s aging workforce reaches retirement.

While the headquarters for the new consolidated health authority remains uncertain, Glavine says his preference would be to put the operational centre in Truro.

Glavine was unable to provide figures on how much the merger would cost, but says the transition team will provide more details in legislation to be introduced in September.

The merger is forecast to be completed by 2015.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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