Di­ag­nos­tics, addictions agen­cies tackle fund­ing re­duc­tions

Winnipeg Free Press - - NEWS -

DI­AG­NOS­TIC Ser­vices Man­i­toba says its cor­po­rate of­fice is on track to meet its provin­cially man­dated sav­ings tar­get of $1 mil­lion — although, op­er­a­tionally, it is at­tempt­ing to wres­tle down a pro­jected $6.3-mil­lion deficit.

Both DSM and the Addictions Foun­da­tion of Man­i­toba re­ceived tar­gets at the same time as CancerCare Man­i­toba and all re­gional health au­thor­i­ties. DSM’s cor­po­rate of­fice was told to find $1 mil­lion in sav­ings this fis­cal year, while AFM was told to find $800,000.

DSM and AFM were also sub­jected to the prov­ince’s re­quest that nonunion­ized man­age­ment be cut by 15 per cent. For Di­ag­nos­tic Ser­vices, that was achieved with­out any lay­offs as a re­sult of re­tire­ments and “planned va­can­cies.” At AFM, it meant cut­ting the di­rec­tor po­si­tion, ef­fec­tive last June.

A spokes­woman for AFM says in ad­di­tion to the lay­off, it was able to pre­serve front-line ser­vices by freez­ing the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer’s salary and in­tro­duc­ing a vol­un­tary work-week re­duc­tion pro­gram. The or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ceived an over­all fund­ing in­crease this year of $985,500, which she says went partly to pro­grams but also to salary in­creases as man­dated by col­lec­tive agree­ments.

Of the $1.6 mil­lion in ad­di­tional fund­ing Di­ag­nos­tic Ser­vices re­ceived, a spokes­woman says $1.1 mil­lion was ear­marked for its pro­jected deficit, bring­ing it down to $5.2 mil­lion. The re­main­der went to pro­gram­ming.

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